Dayer Quintana

30 November 2017
Dayer Quintana

El menor de la saga Quintana regresará a una ‘grande’ en 2017 después de continuar en 2016 su camino de progresión. Tras unos primeros años difíciles –maquillados por la victoria en la etapa reina de la Vuelta a Austria de 2014-, donde se dedicó más a ganar técnica y a aprender los secretos del ‘oficio’ que a explotar sus habilidades, Dayer se lució en 2016 con su primera victoria en una ronda por etapas, el Tour de San Luis, escoltado por su propio hermano Nairo.

Ese éxito y una mayor confianza del grupo -en el que visitó carreras de nivel como Dauphiné o Catalunya- invitan a pensar que el cuarto año del boyacense con los de Unzué debe ser el de su eclosión definitiva.

Aunque en esa etapa inicial experimentó en las clásicas de pavé, el arquetipo de corredor que representa Dayer (mucha potencia en un pequeño cuerpo de menos de sesenta kilos) indica que en el futuro, este talento salido de la cantera de Lizarte brillará en las más altas montañas. ¿Junto a su hermano? Sería bonito pensarlo así.


OPPOSITE POLES. Two years younger than his famous brother Nairo, and even though both chose to change their residence to Monaco at the same time, their character cannot be more different, as explained by Dayer himself: “Nairo is one who likes to approach things in a calm way, he’s prudent, measures his words well, is not an extrovert. I rush things more, talk lots. He’s more astute, I ride more impulsively.”

FIRST WIN: AUSTRIA. His first win as a pro, with just 21 years old, came at a rain-soaked Queen stage of the Tour of Austria, over the infamous slopes (8km at 12%) of the Kitzbüheler Horn, where he crowned a 200km breakaway against twelve other riders. He also finished 9th overall in what’s considered to be one of the toughest stageraces in Europe outside of the three Grand Tours.

SAN LUIS, A HOME BACKYARD. His biggest moment as a pro cyclist, though, happened two years later in the 2016 Tour de San Luis, where he claimed overall honours and enjoyed a rare final podium alongside Nairo, who finished 3rd in the race after supporting his younger brother en route to his first-ever stagerace win. Both were joined on that podium by a current team-mate, local rider Eduardo Sepúlveda.

 Dayer’s career path towards the WorldTour was quite a weird one. Despite being a talented junior cyclist, he wasn’t allowed to compete in 2011 and 2012. The plan he was set to follow was riding for a squad sponsored by the Boyacá Police in his home Colombia, the youngsters set to compete with their colours and also have a day job in administrative affairs. However, a political conflict made it impossible for him to follow such a plan and had to work as a policeman for 18 months, until he was allowed to travel to Spain in April 2013 to join development team Lizarte and follow Nairo’s footsteps in Europe.

 His 2017 season was overshadowed by misfortune in the form of a hard crash in the E3 Harelbeke, one of the opening classics of the season in Belgium. While making part of the lead group, Dayer fell to the asphalt and had to be quickly moved to a hospital, where he received 18 stitches on his right hand. However, the most serious bruises were sustained by his face, with several scars that were still visible many months later.