As Nairo Quintana won the last mountain stage in this year's Tour de France, he earned the polka dot jersey, secured the white jersey, and managed a second place in the GC. In doing so, he had the best showing of any Colombian at the Tour. Ever. No small feat at 23 years of age, and during his first Tour. And on Colombian independence day, no less.
Now that Quintana has become the focus for many who follow the sport, we should take a closer look at who Quintana is, and how he came up through the sport. This is significant, since his life has been an interesting one that manages to shed a light on many other Colombians who, like him, have dedicated their lives to this sport....
Quintana's parents watch stage 20 in their native town of Combita.