Nairo Quintana confident of Vuelta a España comeback after illness

The Colombian climber says he has recovered from his illness and is ready to fight for overall contention at the Vuelta a España in the final week of racing

Nairo Quintana finished 9th on Stage 14 of the 2015 Vuelta Espana

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The mist and the cold of Alto Campoo Fuente del Chivo, at 1980 metres in Spain's north, is probably the worst place to shake a cold, but Colombian Nairo Quintana (Movistar) did just that.

Quintana, runner-up to Chris Froome (Sky) in the Tour de France one month ago, attacked on the 18km climb at the end of the 215km 14th stage north of Burgos. He marked race leader Fabio Aru (Astana) and made a move of his own.

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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.