Nairo Quintana first of the Grand Tour stars to kick off 2015 season

Colombian Giro d'Italia champion Nairo Quintana starts his season at the Tour de San Luis in Argentina on Monday

(Image credit: Chris Auld)

A more mature Nairo Quintana (Movistar) will become the first of the four big Tour de France stars to begin his season when he starts the Tour de San Luis this afternoon in Argentina. Sky's Chris Froome, Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) and Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) will embark their 2015 season in February.

"I have gained experience. In a few years, I learned a lot," Quintana said.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.