Behind his impassive face copper Nairo Quintana reveals an ambition to champion who earned it to be Sunday, at 24 years old, the first Colombian winner of the Giro.
“I showed is Nairo Quintana ,” he has said repeatedly during a Giro that toppled in the last week of the race. Exactly, which is Nairo Quintana ? A Colombian grown in the mountains of Boyaca , the province hosted the World Road 1995 when he was still a child of five years just recovered from a serious illness .
A miracle runner, winner of the Tour de l’Avenir in 2010, recovered a year later by a Spanish team that shaped. “I ‘m not a freak, I’m a human being, he said. I do not come from another world.” But with Quintana, history tu legend. Little he nearly died of a strange disease, “evil of the deceased” that would transmit pregnant women in contact with a dying man. Later, his father Luis Guillermo, who runs a modest trade in fruit and vegetables despite the aftermath of a traffic accident, he tinkers an old mountain bike so he could get to the remote school 16 km below. On the way, all young Nairo down. In return, he climbs a slope at 8% against the current trucks, to return home to over 3000 meters.
Second Tour De France Last Year
Whole represents a racing career. After a 2009 season in the team in his region, he joined a Colombian selection (Colombia es Pasion Cafe de Colombia) which allows him to get noticed. In 2012 he joined Movistar, directed by Eusebio Unzue, former mentor of Miguel Indurain. With immediate results since won a mountain stage of the Dauphine and the Route du Sud in June. Last year, it presents the Tour de France without any responsibility. According to the method which earned Indurain grow in the shadow of Pedro Delgado, he left the Spaniard Alejandro Valverde the role of team leader. But three weeks later, it is Quintana repeatedly climbing on the podium on the Champs-Elysees. Second in the final standings (the best result of a Colombian rider), he collects colors. The best young white, red peas best climber. With in its collection, a stage win at Semnoz, on the eve of the arrival in Paris. By his smile, his direct gaze of Ameridien black-eyed man is cause sympathy. Asked, quiet, seems unfazed. Except when it evokes emotion the child gave him Paola, a girl born in February and named Mariana.
“I Was Only 70% Of My Ability In This Giro, But I Still Proved Who I was” (Nairo Quintana)
However, in this Giro 2014 nothing has been easy for him. First decreased by a persistent bronchitis, Colombian failed to give the full measure of his talent. Until last Tuesday, the day where everything has changed for him. At the edge of dropping in Gavia, he then relied on his team mates not to drop before making the difference in the descent of the Stelvio. An attack that has not attracted him sympathy in the pack or from the transalpine people since it took place while the race was, it seems neutralized. But the confusion was such that it was difficult then to accuse him permanently to a lack of sportsmanship. Rose jersey on the back after this controversial step, Quintana would not let his more well, winning with the last order against the clock to manage the situation before the rise of the Zoncolan on Saturday. With this observation, which says once more about her ambition: “I was only 70% of my ability in this Giro, but I still proved who I was.” Competitors are warned ( with AFP)