Nairo Quintana abandons Vuelta a Espana

Colombian overall hope Nairo Quintana quits Tour of Spain after second crash in two days

Nairo Quintana after a crash on stage eleven of the 2014 Tour of Spain

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) has quit the Vuelta a Espana after crashing for the second time in two days.

The Colombian race favourite crashed heavily after hitting road-side barriers during Tuesday's individual time trial whilst wearing the red leader's jersey. After losing over four minutes to stage winner Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep), and over three minutes to his GC rivals, Quintana's overall chances were severely diminished.

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Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, an exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.