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Quintana abandons Vuelta a Espana

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Nairo Quintana (Movistar)

Nairo Quintana (Movistar)
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Nairo Quintana (Movistar) left the Vuelta with a broken scapula

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) left the Vuelta with a broken scapula
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Nairo Quintana (Movistar) left the Vuelta in an ambulance, but smiling (thanks to pain killers, perhaps)

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) left the Vuelta in an ambulance, but smiling (thanks to pain killers, perhaps)
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Nairo Quintana (Movistar) suffered a broken scapula

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) suffered a broken scapula
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Nairo Quintana (Movistar) did not get back on the bike after this crash

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) did not get back on the bike after this crash
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Nairo Quintana (Movistar) on the ground after his second crash in as many days

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) on the ground after his second crash in as many days
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Steve Morabito (BMC) crashed out with Quintana

Steve Morabito (BMC) crashed out with Quintana
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Nairo Quintana (Movistar) inred

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) inred
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Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) finished with Contador and Rodriguez

Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) finished with Contador and Rodriguez
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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.

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.

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