Nairo Quintana has abandoned the Vuelta a Espana on stage 11 after suffering his second crash in as many days. The Movistar rider crashed heavily on stage 10 during the individual time trial and dropped out of the top ten as a result.
His team director, Jose Luis Arrieta, told Spanish television during Wednesday’s stage that Quintana was taken to a Pamplona hospital and will be operated on Thursday morning.
Quintana started today’s stage 11, saying that his ankle and hip were hurting him, but climbed off after approximately 20km of racing after being involved in another crash. TV images showed Quintana lying on the side of the road, looking groggy but able to speak, with Movistar mechanics and sports directors surrounding him. However, as he touched his shoulder repeatedly, it was clear the injuries were worse than in yesterday’s crash. A few minutes later he clambered carefully into a race ambulance, his Vuelta a España over.
One of the top pre-race favourites and the leader for one day, the Movistar rider had already crashed heavily on stage 10 during the individual time trial and dropped out of the top ten as a result.
The Giro d'Italia winner was lying 11th overall, 3:25 behind race leader Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) after the time trial stage. Alejandro Valverde is now Movistar's sole team leader for the Vuelta a Espana.
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