Colombian-born Nairo Quintana is a well-known cyclist who currently rides for the Movistar team and is known by fans as “Nairoman” and “El Cóndor de Los Andes” for his outstanding skills and expertise behind the wheels.
Quintana had no plans to become a cyclist, his cycling skills were discovered by his father, who encouraged him to try a career in cycling and cheered him on to success. Today he stands out as one of the best in his field, and so many awards confirm and show that he is good and is the best in what he does.
In 2014 he won the Giro d’Italia and in 2016 the Vuelta an España. In the Tour de France, he finished second overall in 2013 and 2015.
Who Is Nairo Quintana?
Nairo was born on 4 February 1990 as Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas to a poor Colombian farming family. He is one of the five children of his parents, Luis Quintana and Eloisa Rojas. He has two sisters, Nelly and Lady, and two brothers, Willington and Dayer, who is also a professional cyclist and plays on the same team as his brother Nairo.
Despite the family’s small and limited income, Quintana’s parents saved some money to buy him a fairly used mountain bike to take him to school, which is 16 km away from home. The bike was also used as a means of transport to move the family’s agricultural produce (fruit and vegetables) from one place to another and sell them to consumers.
At the age of 16, Nairo Quintana started to work as a taxi driver with his father’s car in order to generate additional income for the family. He commuted between his hometown of Cómbita and Pamplona in Navarra. His father recognized his abilities and potential and saved about 300,000 Colombian pesos (about 140 dollars) to buy him a racing bike to see if he could make a career in this sport.
Nairo Quintana Career
Nairo Quintana began his cycling career with “Boyacá es para Vivirla”. In 2010, after winning the Tour de l’Avenir as part of the “Café de Colombia” team, he was named one of the greatest prospects for the future of Colombian cycling.
In 2012 he moved to Europe to join the Spanish professional cycling team Movistar Team. After his debut with the team, he won the overall classification in a road bike race Vuelta a Murcia, which took place in and around Murcia, a city in southeastern Spain. This was followed by victory in the Critérium du Dauphiné – a stage race that is classified as a World Tour event on the UCI calendar.
After winning the Critérium du Dauphiné the same year, he won the Route du Sud and then made his big debut at the Vuelta an España, where he finished second overall and 36th. In October of the same year, he won the Giro dell’ Emilia, and from then on, he made a high point in his career.
The next season (2013) he won three stages of the Volta a Catalunya, and the following month, just ahead of a group of six competitors in the overall classification, Quintana in Eibar-Arrate climbed to the top in two seconds and became the winner of the royal stage of the Tour of the Basque Country.
He later emerged as the overall winner in the final time trial, finishing second behind Tony Martin and gaining enough time over Sergio Henao from the Sky team to have the leader’s jersey. In 2014 Nairo Quintana won the white jersey as the best young rider.
In 2016 he beat Sky team Chris Froome and won the Vuelta an España, with Colombian Esteban Chaves finishing third. Quintana started the 2017 season with the hope of winning the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France. Unfortunately, his hopes were dashed when he finished second overall in the Giro Tour and 12th overall in the Tour de France when Chris Froome entered the stage as Tour de France winner.
Salary, Net Worth
The professional cyclist’s annual salary is currently estimated at $161,520 and his net worth is estimated at $4 million (this figure has not been confirmed).
Nairo Quintana’s Height, Weight, And Other Facts
The racing cyclist stands at a height of 5″5, which is 1.67 meters and weighs 58 kg (128 lb).
Quintana said he almost didn’t survive infancy because he was sickly, malnourished, and underweight, which is why he is involved with an NGO working for the health of young children.
He is also working with an NGO that works to combat violence against women, and he is also working with a group that works on the development of cyclists.
Besides cycling, Quintana is an entrepreneur who is seriously building his name and image into a brand throughout Colombia and the rest of Latin America.