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...]

A Confident Chris Froome Looks For Tour de France Repeat


by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PARIS, France, Oct 24, 2013 (AFP) - When the route for the 2014 Tour de France was revealed in Paris, it almost looked like the organizers had deliberately attempted to reduce reigning champion Chris Froome's chances. Kenyan-born Briton Froome was dominant in the 2013 edition of the greatest cycling race in the world, winning by more than four minutes from … [Read more...]

Nairo Quintana Claims Jersey Double And Runner-Up Spot

by Andy Scott ANNECY-SEMNOZ, France, July 20, 2013 (AFP) - Nairo Quintana secured a stunning double haul of jerseys and a surprise runner-up place after claiming his maiden Tour de France win on the 20th and penultimate stage of the 100th edition on Saturday. Quintana, making his race debut with the Movistar team, attacked yellow jersey holder Chris Froome inside the final … [Read more...]

Chris Froome Secures Yellow, Nairo Quintana Wins 20th Stage


by Justin Davis ANNECY-SEMNOZ, France, July 20, 2013 (AFP) - Britain's Chris Froome virtually secured overall victory in the 100th Tour de France Saturday after a thrilling penultimate stage won by Colombian climbing specialist Nairo Quintana. Ahead of Sunday's 21st and final stage from Versailles to Paris, which is usually only disputed by the sprinters, Froome defended … [Read more...]

Quintana Takes Tour of the Basque Country Title

MADRID, April 6, 2013 (AFP) - Colombian Nairo Quintana has won the Tour of the Basque Country after finishing second to Tony Martin in the 24km time trial that rounded off the six-stage event on Saturday. The Movistar rider started the day six seconds behind compatriot Sergio Henao (Sky) but he finished 40 seconds behind Quintana, just holding on to take third place ahead of Simon Spilak … [Read more...]

Quintana Wins Stage, Henao Leads in Basque Tour

MADRID, April 4, 2013 (AFP) - Colombian Nairo Quintana, riding for Katusha, won the fourth stage of the Tour of the Basque country on Thursday, seeing off compatriot Sergio Luis Henao of the Sky team in cold and rainy conditions. Henao nonetheless retains the overall leader's jersey following the 151.6km stage between Trapagaran and Arrate, which Quintana took in 3hr 58min 52sec. He … [Read more...]

Quintana Wins Tour of Catalonia Third Stage

MADRID, March 20, 2013 (AFP) - Colombia's Nairo Quintana won the 180km third stage of the Tour of Catalonia from Vidreres to the Vallter 2000 ski resort on Wednesday. Quintana pipped Spaniards Alejandro Valverde and Joaquim Rodriguez in a tough uphill finish to claim the win. The Colombian's Movistar team-mate Valverde took over the leader's jersey from Belgium's Gianni Meersman … [Read more...]

Karpets Flops Back To Team Movistar Frowm Katusha

PARIS (France), 21 oct 2011 (AFP) - Katusha's Vladimir Karpets, a former winner of the Tour de France white jersey, will rejoin Movistar in 2012, the Spanish cycling outfit announced Friday. The 31-year-old Russian spent six years (2003-2008) under the leadership of manager Eusebio Unzue when the team was variously called Banesto, Iles Baleares and Caisse d'Epargne. He signed for … [Read more...]