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by Mark Zalewski
July 26, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Claeys wins third stage of Tour de Wallonie; Simon Yates takes first pro win at Prueba Villafranca; How the Week Was Won: 2016 Tour de France, Stages 17-21; The supertuck, super sprinters, and the Running Man: The 10 most memorable moments of the 2016 Tour de France; Using Tour of Utah defense as training, Dombrowski eyeing victory at Leadville 100 MTB Race; Quintana to skip Rio Olympics; Tony Martin abandons Tour de France on final stage; Caffeine more harmful than helpful; On-board highlights from Tour de France, stage 21; Best of the 2016 Tour de France; Tour de France 2016: What’s been the best moment for you?; A stage win from inside the team car; OBE Backstage Pass, stage 21
After finishing third at the Tour de France, Nairo Quintana (Movistar) will not contend the road race at the upcoming Olympics. Colombian media report that the 26-year-old is suffering from an illness he picked up during the race.
He will undergo medical tests to determine exactly what he has, and then decide when to return to racing, with the Vuelta a Espana a likely programme. This is similar to Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) who withdrew from the Tour after multiple crashes and is skipping the Olympics to recover and prepare for the Vuelta.
Replacements for Quintana include teammate Winner Anacona and Jarlinson Pantano (IAM Cycling) who won a stage of the Tour de France.
Either way the Colombian team will be formidable with Esteban Chaves, Rigoberto Uran, Sergio Henao and Migel Angel Lopez already selected.