Tour de San Luis: Quintana takes time on rivals on opening day

Sitting in his hotel room tonight, Nairo Quintana (Movistar) will feel pretty pleased with how his Tour de San Luis has begun. After setting the third fastest time at the intermediate split, Movistar, helped greatly by the time trialling talent Adriano Malori, were coming back quickly in second half of the course. They were just edged out in the 21-kilometre test against the clock by Etixx-QuickStep but Quintana was happy to see that he had taken time out of his rivals on day one.

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Born in Ireland to a cycling family and later moved to the Isle of Man, so there was no surprise when I got into the sport. Studied sports journalism at university before going on to do a Masters in sports broadcast. After university I spent three months interning at Eurosport, where I covered the Tour de France. In 2012 I started at Procycling Magazine, before becoming the deputy editor of Procycling Week. I then joined Cyclingnews, in December 2013.