Nairo Quintana

Nairo Quintana
Nairo Quintana, Vuelta al Pais Vasco 2013 (cropped).jpg
Personal information
Full nameNairo Alexander Quintana Rojas
NicknameThe Lion,[1] "El Cóndor de los Andes"
Born (1990-02-04) 4 February 1990 (age 28)
Cómbita, Boyacá, Colombia
Height1.67 m (5 ft 5 12 in)[2]
Weight58 kg (128 lb; 9 st 2 lb)[2]
Team information
Current teamMovistar Team
Rider typeClimber
Professional team(s)
2009Boyacá es para Vivirla
2010–2011Café de Colombia–Colombia es Pasión
2012–Movistar Team[3]
Major wins
Grand Tours
Giro d'Italia
General classification (2014)
Young rider classification (2014)
3 individual stages (2014, 2017)
Tour de France
Mountains classification (2013)
Young rider classification (2013, 2015)
2 individual stages (2013, 2018)
Vuelta a España
General classification (2016)
Combination classification (2016)
1 individual stage (2016)
2 TTT stages (2012, 2014)

Stage races

Tour of the Basque Country (2013)
Volta a Catalunya (2016)
Tour de Romandie (2016)
Tirreno–Adriatico (2015, 2017)
Vuelta a Burgos (2013, 2014)

One-day races and Classics

Giro dell'Emilia (2012)

Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas, ODB, (born 4 February 1990) is a Colombian racing cyclist, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam Movistar Team.[4]

Nicknamed "Nairoman" and "El Cóndor de los Andes", Quintana is a specialist climber, known for his ability to launch sustained and repeated attacks on ascents of steep gradient, high power output and great stamina to react and endure others attacks. He is also a decent time trialist, making him a consistent contender for general classification at stage races. His best career results are winning the 2014 Giro d'Italia and 2016 Vuelta a España, as well as 2nd place overall in the Tour de France of 2013 and 2015.

His multiple wins in other major stage races, leading to high UCI WorldTour ranking placements[5] at the end of each season, are other reasons why he is seen as one of the most successful stage-racing riders of the recent era, and the best road cyclist in Colombian history.

His brother Dayer Quintana is also a professional cyclist, and rode for the Movistar Team with Nairo between 2014 and 2018.

Early life

Born in Cómbita, a town near the capital of Boyacá, Tunja,[6] in Colombia, to a farming family,[1] Quintana comes from a humble background, but his family still saved up to buy Quintana a second-hand mountain bike to make the 16 km (9.9 mi) journey through the Eastern Ranges of the Andes to school[7] and to travel from village to village to sell fruit and vegetables. At the age of 16 he also started working as a taxi driver using his father's car.[8] Quintana resides in Cómbita, splitting his time between his native country and Pamplona in Navarre.[9] His parents' names are Luis Quintana and Eloisa Rojas, and he has four siblings: sisters Nelly and Lady, and brothers Willington and Dayer.[1]

At the age of 15 he was hit by a taxi whilst riding, leaving him in a coma for five days. Despite this, his father, a cycling fan, recognised Nairo's potential and spent 300,000 Colombian pesos (around £100) on a racing bike to see if Nairo could make a career in the sport.[8]

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