Report: Nairo Quintana to miss Olympics after Tour de France
Colombian cyclist Nairo Quintana will not compete in the upcoming Olympics, according to Cycling News.
“I head back home from this Tour full of happiness.” Quintana said. “It’s a major feat for me to finish on the podium after all difficulties I had to go through in this race...It’s obvious that we came into this race with a much bigger and ambitious goal, but we’ve got many years ahead to keep trying.”
Quintana finished third in the Tour de France behind three-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome and runner-up Romain Bardet of France.
Quintana fell ill toward the end of the race and was undergoing medical tests to determine the cause of his sickness. He could target a return at the Vuelta a Espana, which will be held from Aug. 20 to Sept. 11.
Froome plans to compete at the Olympics, where he will contest the 159-mile road race on Aug. 6. Froome will also return to the time trial, where he took bronze in 2012.