Nairo Quintana Photo
Place: Cómbita, Boyacá
Birth: 04/02/1990
Country: COL
Height: 167 Cm
Weight: 58 Kg
Pro debut: 2009
Years in team: 7
Career path:

2012-2018: Movistar Team
2010-2011: Café de Colombia
2009: Boyacá es para Vivirla


Nairo Quintana

NATURAL TALENT. His story is very well known. Born to a humble family with two brothers and two sisters in Tunja, nearly 3,000 meters above sea level, he helped out at the family business – a small store selling the products from the farm and orchard next to their house – while attending classes at school. In order to get to the latter and from age 15, he started using a heavy bicycle he had to ride for 16km, downhill on the way to the school and uphill on the way back (no less than 8% gradient). Despite using a mountain-bike and carrying a backpack with all books needed for school, Nairo was able to follow the pace of the professional riders training nearby. No better way to show his natural talent. Now, after reaching the top of professional cycling, it’s Nairo who seeks for talent within the Boyacá youth ranks. The Movistar Team rider has helped develop two women’s teams in his department. The roots of the sport can rely on his support.

COMING OF AGE. He rode as an individual with no team during his junior stage before joning the Boyacá outfit (UCI Continental) in 2009. With them, Nairo travelled to Europe for the first time, getting a nice 7th place in the demanding Subida a Urkiola with just 19 years old. For 2010 he signed with Colombia es Pasión, and took a massive step forward by winning the Tour de l’Avenir, a success that would land him a WorldTour contract a year and a half later with the Movistar Team. There, in 2012, he continued an impressive career by winning the Vuelta a Murcia, the Route du Sud, the Giro dell’Emilia and the Queen stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné in his maiden season.

MADE FOR GRAND TOURS. He rides the Tour de France for the first time in 2013 and astonishes the world at 23 years of age with a stage win, a 2nd place overall and the KOM and Best Young rider jerseys. He will be back on the podium again in 2015 (2nd) and 2016 (3rd). In 2014, he becomes the first ever Colombian to win the Giro d’Italia – and in his race debut; he will be 2nd in 2017, just half a minute off the final race lead. And in 2016, he becomes the 17th rider ever to get onto the podium of all three Grand Tours by winning the Vuelta a España. He’s got six podium finishes on GTs in just ten appearances, and has won stages in all Giro (3), Tour (2) and Vuelta (1). Nairo always says that his victories atop the Lagos de Covadonga (Vuelta, ’16) and Col du Portet (TDF, ’18) have been crucial for his career: “Those are legendary climbs, and those victories will remain in history.” He’s also conquered overall success at a dozen one-week courses: Porvenir, Murcia, País Vasco, San Luis, Catalunya, Valencia, Romandie and 2x Route du Sud, Burgos and Tirreno-Adriatico.

 His family – most importantly his wife, Paola, and his two children, Mariana (4) and Tomás (born on October 11th) – are his biggest passion. They join him at many races across Europe. In the Old Continent, and despite having lived in Pamplona in the early stage of his career, he’s decided to stay in Monaco, where plenty of professional riders live and train, including his brother Dayer.

 Before signing with his first Continental team, Boyacá es para Vivirla, he had to go – like 50-some other promising riders – performance tests by the team coaches to ensure the strongest riders made part of the team. At the effort test on the bike, the numbers reached by Nairo were so surprising that the coaches required him to repeat it a day later, thinking there was a mistake. The W/kg values he was reaching at age 18 were those of top-ranked WorldTour cyclists. It wasn’t a mistake.



40 Victories as professional

1st (6th stage) Tour Colombia 2019
1st (17th stage) Tour de France 2018
1st (7th stage) Tour de Suisse 2018
1st (9th stage) Giro d'Italia 2017
1st (2nd stage) Vuelta a Asturias 2017
1st Tirreno-Adriatico 2017
1st (4th stage) Tirreno-Adriatico 2017
1st Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2017
1st (4th stage) Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2017
1st Vuelta a España 2016
1st (10th stage) Vuelta a España 2016
1st Route du Sud 2016
1st (3rd stage) Route du Sud 2016
1st Tour de Romandie 2016
1st (2nd stage) Tour de Romandie 2016
1st Volta a Catalunya 2016
1st Tirreno-Adriatico 2015
1st (5th stage) Tirreno-Adriatico 2015
1st Vuelta a Burgos 2014
1st (3rd stage) Vuelta a Burgos 2014
1st Giro d'Italia 2014
1st (19th stage) Giro d'Italia 2014
1st (16th stage) Giro d'Italia 2014
1st Tour de San Luis 2014
1st (4th stage) Tour de San Luis 2014
1st Vuelta a Burgos 2013
1st (5th stage) Vuelta a Burgos 2013
1st (20th stage) Tour de France 2013
1st Vuelta al País Vasco 2013
1st (4th stage) Vuelta al País Vasco 2013
1st (3rd stage) Volta a Catalunya 2013
1st Giro dell'Emilia 2012
1st Route du Sud 2012
1st (3rd stage) Route du Sud 2012
1st (6th stage) Critérium du Dauphiné 2012
1st Vuelta a Murcia 2012
1st (1st stage) Vuelta a Murcia 2012
1st Tour de l'Avenir 2010
1st (7th stage) Tour de l'Avenir 2010
1st (6th stage) Tour de l'Avenir 2010

Other results

2nd GIRO D’ITALIA 2017


37 Days of Racing
5545.8 Km covered

1st (6th stage) Tour Colombia
2nd Paris-Nice
4th (3rd stage) Volta a Catalunya
4th Volta a Catalunya
5th Tour Colombia
6th (4th stage) Volta a Catalunya
8th Vuelta a San Juan
8th (7th stage) Volta a Catalunya
8th (2nd stage) Critérium du Dauphiné
8th (5th stage) Volta a Catalunya
9th (6th stage) Critérium du Dauphiné
9th (5th stage) Tour Colombia
9th Critérium du Dauphiné
10th (8th stage) Paris-Nice
11th (8th stage) Critérium du Dauphiné
12th (3rd stage) Vuelta a San Juan
12th (1st stage) Critérium du Dauphiné
13th (5th stage) Vuelta a San Juan
13th (7th stage) Paris-Nice
13th (7th stage) Critérium du Dauphiné
17th (4th stage) Tour Colombia
17th (5th stage) Paris-Nice
18th (4th stage) Critérium du Dauphiné
22th (1st stage) Paris-Nice
25th (2nd stage) Vuelta a San Juan
26th (4th stage) Vuelta a San Juan
26th (6th stage) Volta a Catalunya
28th (2nd stage) Paris-Nice
30th (2nd stage) Tour Colombia
30th (3rd stage) Paris-Nice
31th (4th stage) Paris-Nice
33th (6th stage) Paris-Nice
33th (2nd stage) Volta a Catalunya
35th (5th stage) Critérium du Dauphiné
39th (3rd stage) Critérium du Dauphiné
42th GP Miguel Indurain
43th (1st stage) Vuelta a San Juan
45th (6th stage) Vuelta a San Juan
46th (3rd stage) Tour Colombia
55th (7th stage) Vuelta a San Juan
65th (1st stage) Volta a Catalunya

Vuelta a España

El vencedor de la Vuelta a España de 2016 regresa a una carrera que le ha visto alzarse con algunos de sus mejores éxitos como profesional. Debutó en rondas de tres semanas en la edición de 2012; vistió el maillot rojo en 2014 -donde dos caídas le obligaron a abandonar-; se quedó a poco más de medio minuto del podio en 2015; y conquistó de manera brillante la prueba hace dos años, completando el trébol de etapas en las tres ‘Grandes’ con su exhibición en los Lagos de Covadonga.

Lastrado por un incidente mecánico en el primer día de carrera y problemas físicos, agravados por su caída en la 18ª etapa, Quintana llegará a la Vuelta con ganas de resarcirse de un Tour donde, pese a su 10ª plaza y el gran triunfo obtenido en el Col du Portet, no pudo desplegar todo el potencial que acostumbra.

Jugará el boyacense con la baza de la frescura física. Llega con 50 días de competición, muy espaciados -Colombia (2º), Catalunya (2º), País Vasco (5º) y Suiza (3º) como únicas pruebas de alto nivel junto con el Tour- y enfocados a rendir al máximo en el verano. Un recorrido rico en montaña y con solo una crono larga le vuelve a ofrecer la oportunidad de volar sobre las cumbres.

Calendario previo (50 días de competición) > Colombia Oro y Paz (2º); Volta a Catalunya (2º); A Través de Flandes (60º); Itzulia Basque Country (5º); Vuelta a Suiza (3º + 1 etapa); Tour de Francia (10º + 1 etapa).

Apariciones anteriores en la Vuelta > 2016: 1º + 1 etapa. 2015: 4º. 2014: ABN et. 11. 2012: 36º.