Sunday 23 November 2014

Qunitana sets Tour de France goal after first Grand win

Published 02/06/2014 | 02:30

Nairo Quintana celebrates winning the 2014 Giro d'Italia, his maiden Grand Tour win. Photo: Bryn Lennon - Velo/Getty Images
Nairo Quintana celebrates winning the 2014 Giro d'Italia, his maiden Grand Tour win. Photo: Bryn Lennon - Velo/Getty Images

Nairo Quintana is targeting the 2015 Tour de France after winning the Giro d'Italia.

The 24-year-old Colombian, second to Chris Froome in last year's Tour, completed the final stage of the Giro into Trieste without incident as Giant-Shimano's Luka Mezgec sprinted to victory up ahead, while fourth place was enough for FDJ's Nacer Bouhanni to retain the points leaders' red jersey.

Quintana became the youngest Giro winner since Damiano Cunego took pink aged 22 in 2004, and the Movistar rider now has grand ambitions for the future.

While he has no plans to ride this year's Tour, having put all his focus on the Giro, he plans to return to France next summer.

Quintana won by two minutes and 58 seconds from fellow Colombian Rigoberto Uran, the Omega Pharma-Quick Step rider who was also second last year when racing for Team Sky.

And he doubled up as the winner of the young rider's jersey ahead of the impressive Italian Fabio Aru of Astana.

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