Nairo Quintana abandons Critérium du Dauphiné on final stage citing knee pain

Colombias Nairo Quintana L of Team AkeaSamsic rides during the Mont Ventoux Denivele Challenge on August 6 2020 at the Mont Ventoux southern France Mont Ventoux Denivele Challenge is a 182 kms one day race from VaisonLaRomaine to Mont Ventoux with nearly 4000 meters of ascending elevation Photo by Sylvain THOMAS AFP Photo by SYLVAIN THOMASAFP via Getty Images
Nairo Quintana (Arkea Samsic) (Image credit: SYLVAIN THOMAS/AFP via Getty Images)

Nairo Quintana became the latest Tour de France contender to be forced out of the Critérium du Dauphiné by injury when he abandoned on the final stage 5 to Megève citing knee pain.

The Arkéa-Samsic rider explained afterwards that he had felt “severe pain” in the same knee that he had injured in a training crash at the start of July, though he added that his decision to abandon had been a precaution ahead of the Tour.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.