Team News – Quintana crowned King of Burgos


Nairo Quintana is second in final stage TT to beat GC rival Moreno by just three seconds taking the Movistar Team’s season tally up to 30 before Vuelta a España

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Team News – Quintana crowned King of Burgos

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In an exciting contest with Quintana winning by only three seconds over his biggest rival during the week – Spaniard Dani Moreno (Katusha), Nairo Quintana completed an ideal return into competition after winning the Giro d’Italia with another overall success. The Colombian conquered the 36th Vuelta a Burgos after a 2nd place finish in the closing time trial, 12.4km in and around Aranda de Duero, with short climbs and long straights.


Despite the first time checks putting the Movistar Team rider behind his Spaniard rival, both were equal through the first official intermediate -8’04” after just over 6km-. Nairo’s better pace management would eventually give him an extra boost to tackle the urban run into the finish, crossing the line in 2nd place – just 1″ behind Aleksejs Saramotins (IAM) and ahead of team-mate Imanol Erviti (3rd), whose good result, as well as Rubén Plaza’s (6th), were a crucial reference which Nairo profited from.

It’s Quintana’s seventh victory of the 2014 season -his 22nd since becoming a pro and the second consecutive success for the Boyacá-born rider in Burgos.

Nairo Quintana: “It’s a really important win for me, not just for the sake of victory, but also because it gives me massive confidence before the Vuelta a España. I’m sure there are rivals quite stronger than me at the moment, but this shows I’ll be getting to the race in good condition and provided that Alejandro and the rest will be strong again, this can only be good. I was really close to winning the stage, but my goal today was the overall, and we got it”.

“I knew Dani Moreno was going to be hard to beat – he might as well be a rival in the Vuelta. I wasn’t expecting to do such a good time, either. I started off calm, confident, and I took this TT also as a test for the Vuelta. I’m leaving this region happy with how I did – good form building up before the upcoming three weeks”.

“I really like the race: well organized, really beautiful – it’s a pleasure to win here again. I thank my wife for everything she did for me while I was getting ready for the race; this is for my daughter, Mariana, as well as my family and all Colombians, since I know they were paying attention on the TV. And of course, to my team-mates, just sensational as usual.”

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