Froome Feeling ‘Positive Pressure’ As Defending Champion


by Barnaby CHESTERMAN LEEDS, United Kingdom, July 03, 2014 (AFP) - Defending Tour de France champion Chris Froome is feeling the pressure ahead of the start of the biggest cycle race on the planet on Saturday in Leeds. Froome was peerless last year in winning his first Grand Tour ahead of Colombian debutant Nairo Quintana, who will not race the Grand Boucle this year. But … [Read more...]

Colombian Nairo Quintana Wins The Giro d’Italia


MILAN, June 01, 2014 (AFP) - Nairo Quintana became the first Colombian winner of the Giro d'Italia as Slovenian Luka Mezgec won Sunday's 21st and final stage. Movistar's Quintana, who was second at last year's Tour de France, headed a Colombian one-two with Rigoberto Uran finishing second and 23-year-old Italian Fabio Aru, the revelation of the race, third. Mezgec of Giant-Shimano, … [Read more...]

Giro d’Italia Stage 20 Attacks The Historic Zoncolan


MONTE ZONCOLAN, Italy, May 31, 2014 (AFP) - Nairo Quintana of Colombia is certain of Giro d'Italia victory barring any final stage disaster after preserving his handsome lead in Saturday's penultimate 20th stage won by Australia's Michael Rogers. Quintana came home in a pack ahead of his closest rival Rigoberto Uran and carries a 3min 7sec lead into Sunday's closing 172km flat run. … [Read more...]

Quintana Defends At Giro d’Italia Stage 19 TT


MONTE GRAPPA , Italy, May 30, 2014 (AFP) - Colombia's Nairo Quintana, wearing the leader's pink jersey, closed in on victory by winning the 19th stage of the Giro d'Italia on the slopes of Monte Grappa on Friday. The Movistar rider consolidated his race lead two days before the finish as he crossed 17sec ahead of Italy's Fabio Aru following a 26.8km time-trial. Colombian Rigoberto … [Read more...]

Giro d’Italia Stage 17 See’s Another Break Success


MILAN, May 28, 2014 (AFP) - Italian Stefano Pirazzi (Bardiani-CSF) held off a small group of chasers in the home straight to claim his maiden Giro d'Italia victory from the race's 17th stage on Wednesday. Race leader Nairo Quintana (Movistar) crossed the finish line with the main peloton and his closest rivals nearly 15 minutes later following a 208km trek from Sarnonico to Vittorio … [Read more...]

Nairo Quintana Climbs Into The Pink Jersey


MILAN, May 27, 2014 (AFP) - Colombian climber Nairo Quintana completed an epic day of racing on the Giro d'Italia by claiming victory on a controversy-hit 16th stage and the race leader's jersey from compatriot Rigoberto Uran. Quintana's hopes of competing for the overall title this year suffered a blow when he tumbled down the standings to 3min 29sec behind Uran after the first two … [Read more...]

Movistar Focussed On Nairo Quintana At Giro

PARIS, May 05, 2014 (AFP) - Movistar said they are completely devoted to helping Nairo Quintana win the Giro d'Italia after naming their team on Monday. Quintana was the revelation of last year's Tour de France, out-performing star team-mate and leader Alejandro Valverde and coming second behind Chris Froome, whilst also winning both the young rider and king of the mountains jerseys. … [Read more...]

Nairo Quintana Will Ride Giro Over Tour

MADRID, Jan 28, 2014 - Colombian climbing specialist will ride the Giro d'Italia rather than the Tour de France later this year, his Movistar team said Tuesday. The 23-year-old was the revelation of last year's Tour, finishing second overall to Chris Froome while winning both the polka-dot king of the mountains jersey and the best young rider's white jersey. He was officially … [Read more...]

Dream Start For Movistar Team 2014 Season

Nairo Quintana rounds off final success at 8th Tour de San Luis in Argentina; Blues claim two stage wins plus overall victory with the Colombian There couldn't have been a better result for Movistar Team in the 8th edition of the Tour de San Luis, the most important stagerace in South America. Nairo Quintana had no troubles during the final day of the Argentinian event -148km from the … [Read more...]

Armstrong Admission Overshadows Froome Dominance


by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PARIS, Dec 19, 2013 (AFP) - Almost every year cycling reaches peak interest at the end of July with the culmination of the Tour de France, but 2013 was the year in which Lance Armstrong ensured mid-January saw the sport's defining moment. Armstrong took to the US airwaves to finally admit what everyone already knew, that he had been a drugs cheat … [Read more...]