Photo: Stiehl

Photo: Stiehl


Some races suit Colombian riders. In recent years, Tour de San Luis and Langkawi have been particularly well suited to Colombian climbers who, unlike their European compatriots, have been training through the non-existant Andean winter. The race has also been good to Colombian sprinters, as Fernando Gaviria has shown. 

The latest example of this is Dayer Quintana, Nairo's brother, who won this year's Tour de San Luis. His brother, sore from a crash, served as his super domestique on the last mountain stage, and softened their fellow Colombian rival, Atana's Miguel Angel Lopez (winner of the 2014 Tour de l'Avenir, another race that has been good to Colombians in the past). 

FRom the archives

How and why DAYER QuintanA went from racing his bike, to unwillingly becoming a police officer

Dayer Quintana, Nairo's brother, took an incredibly unusual route to becoming a professional, one that nearly derailed his plans in a most unusual way.


To worship at the altar of martyrdom

Through its tumultuous past, and its extreme interpretation of Catholic iconography Colombians developed an insatiable taste for martyrdom and spectacle

Choosing to forego revenge

An interview with Rigoberto Uran in which he discusses the difficult and painful path that led him to cycling, including his father's assassination while out on a Sunday morning training ride in his native Urrao 

HE trafficked arms, smuggled emeralds and threatened to break Laurent Fignon's jaw

Jose Beyaert, the first Olympic road champion, lived a life as full and amazing as the place where he chose to live it.