Your Tuesday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

May 30, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: Seven months after Doha world championships, 130 staff said to be awaiting payment; Bardet aiming to confirm Ag2r’s ‘increase in power and performance’ in Critérium du Dauphiné; Hairline fracture of the pelvis means no Dauphiné for Chérel; Sanchez amongst BMC Racing Team lineup for Hammer Series, Bahrain-Merida also confirms lineup; Team Sunweb and German Cycling Federation combine again in talent-searching programme; The Making of Nairo Quintana; Dumoulin shows anger at press intrusion; Video: Dumoulin – ‘I will go down in the history books by pooping in the woods’; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 21 Post Race; An Post Rás 2017 stage 8 review; Vallter 2000 (Catalonia) – Cycling Inspiration & Education

The Making of Nairo Quintana

by CyclingTips

Rouleur has published a fascinating portrait article on Nairo Quintana, giving a unique insight into the background and character of the 2016 Vuelta champion and the rider who finished second in this year’s Giro d’Italia.

Here’s an excerpt:

Aged 16, Nairo set off one evening with his bike on his back, boarded a bus and headed for Venezuela to race. “I travelled alone to Cúcuta, 12 hours away, then a team car took me across the border to San Cristóbal.” All without permission from his school, the Alejandro de Humboldt Technical College, where he was in the penultimate year of his studies.

“The day after Nairo had gone, his father Don Luis came to school,” says Leonardo Cárdenas, the social science teacher who remembers the young Nairo as deliberate, curious, quiet, sensitive, and thoughtful, rather than active. “The headmaster at the time said no, he wouldn’t give him permission to go. Don Luis replied: ‘Too late, Nairo’s already there.’

Nairo was as obstinate as his father, who refused the doctor’s request to amputate a leg after an accident and, despite the pain, showed them that they were wrong, and that he would recover. When Nairo came back, the PE teacher gave him a fail and the principal punished him by ordering him to make a speech, asking his classmates to forgive him. Nairo told them about his adventure: how he had fought with five Venezuelan riders who had clashed with him in the race, and came off best.

Click through to read more at Rouleur