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Dáyer Quintana's Movistar debut delayed

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January 13, 20:58,
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First Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, January 14, 2014
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Visa problems force Colombian out of Tour de San Luis

Dáyer Quintana’s debut for Movistar has been delayed because the Colombian does not have the necessary papers to travel to Argentina for the Tour de San Luis, which gets underway on January 20.

“I wasn’t able to get the documents in time and so I’m not travelling,” Quintana told Colombian newspaper El Tiempo.

The Movistar team will be led in Argentina by Quintana’s older brother, Nairo, who finished second at the Tour de France last year, as well as winning the Tour of the Basque Country and Vuelta a Burgos.

Andrey Amador, Beñat Intxausti, Fran Ventoso and new arrival Adriano Malori complete the Movistar line-up for the Tour de San Luis.

The 21-year-old Dáyer Quintana’s Movistar debut is instead likely to take place at the Challenge Mallorca, which starts on February 9. “Once I have the documentation, I’ll travel to Spain to start the season, beginning in Mallorca,” Quintana said.

The younger of the Quintana brothers made his European debut last year, racing for Pamplona-based amateur outfit Equipo Lizarte, before making the step up to WorldTour level with Movistar for 2014.

Mark Schwitau 8 months ago
Hard to believe he couldn't get a simple Argentine Visa in time. It's not that hard ... I have one and it wasn't such a big deal. Perhaps the Colombia - Argentina relationship is difficult in this area. Or perhaps he was too busy working on European visa paperwork and this tiny race slipped his mind. I know Colombian access to visas has been difficult for some in the past. ..... but with a semi famous brother to back up his story .... I would have thought it was easier.
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Christian 8 months ago
Julian Arredondo had a similar problem. He couldn't get to Europe for Trek's various camps, but he was able to travel to Argentina and will line up for the Tour de San Luis
Javier Guerrero Castro 8 months ago
Strange, actually we colombians do not need a Visa to entry Argentina.
biancocoach 8 months ago
Not true, Colombian don't need a Visa to travel to Argentina. Better try another excuse....
esnx36 8 months ago
A Colombian does not need a visa to Argentina is true; if he was traveling as a tourist. But he will not be a tourist. He will be working. For that he needs a visa. It is unfortunate that this has been a common problem for Colombian riders. (compounded by the people who have little knowledge about such things throwing their opinions about)
PCM Geek 8 months ago
Whatever the reason, you would think that a professional cycling team would have taken care of this months before the date of the event. Not wait until the last minute or assume that he would be able to just walk in to the country with no papers. Don't they employ people to arrange visas and travel plans? You would think they would instead of leaving it to a young kid like this? These teams must know what has to be done for each of the members on their team to be able to travel. This is inexcusable and its not this young mans fault, yet he is the one that has to suffer while not being able to compete. I wonder why his older brother Nairo wasn't aware of this? He has been around for a few seasons and you would thing he would be aware of what is needed to get into this country. Something doesn't sound right here, this article only scratched the surface of what appears to be going on. Something else might be going on here...
n085329 8 months ago
Pretty much every country in the world requires non resident entrants to have a visa when they're travelling there for WORK. For these guys, bike racing is working, not tourism.
velogeek 8 months ago
I spent a month working in Israel and was not required to get a visa. This was done with full transparency. I just had a passport and filled out some papers saying that I didn't go to Palestine.
HeadPack 8 months ago
Argentinean buerocracy most of the times is slow and inefficient. Strange he, or his people, did not put that into account. Doesn't look good for team management either. Or it's not the true reason. Who knows. Anyway, this will work only one time as such.