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The Sky Is The Limit For Quintana, Colombia's Newest Phenom

The Sky Is The Limit For Quintana, Colombia's Newest Phenom

Posted by Adrian Pelaez on March 12, 2014

Nobody has ever expected very much from Nairo Quintana.

Even so, the Colombian cyclist has climbed to the very summit of the professional circuit, finishing second at last year’s Tour de France—winning the white jersey, for being the race’s best young rider, and the polka-dot one too, signifying that he was the best climber in the mountain stages.

In all, he finished four-plus minutes behind Tour winner, Chris Froome of England, which would seem to make him an instant contender for this year. And, sure enough, many people in the circuit are predicting that Quintana may win multiple times before all is said and done.

Just don’t look for the 24-year-old in France come July. Quintana and his team, Movistar, have other plans for him.

“I don’t think taking Nairo to the Tour at his age, plus the pressure of improving on last year’s result, is interesting for his future,” team manager Eusebio Unzué said, according to CyclingNews.com .

Back home, each victory by the unassuming Quintana has set off a raucous celebration in his hometown of Boyacá, and the love is mutual. He has used his earnings, among other things, to buy his mom a few milk cows and to finance his former team, Boyacá Es Para Vivirla.

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