4 Feb 1990

Events and Medals

Discipline Event Rank Medal
CRD Cycling Road Men's Road Race  


Start Time Location Event Status
Fuji International Speedway

Biographical Information


UCI Road World Championships
YearLocationRoad Race
2019Harrogate, GBRDNF
2018Innsbruck, AUT15
2017Bergen, NORDNF
2013Florence, ITADNF
2012Valkenburg, NED69

Tour de France
2Men's Individual2015Paris, FRA
2Men's Individual2013Paris, FRA
3Men's Individual2016Paris, FRA
8Men's Individual2019Paris, FRA
10Men's Individual2018Paris, FRA
12Men's Individual2017Paris, FRA
17Men's Individual2020Paris, FRA
28Men's Individual2021Paris, FRA

Giro d'Italia
1Men's Individual2014Trieste, ITA
2Men's Individual2017Milan, ITA

Vuelta a Espanya
1Men's Individual2016Madrid, ESP
4Men's Individual2019Madrid, ESP
4Men's Individual2015Madrid, ESP
8Men's Individual2018Madrid, ESP
36Men's Individual2012Madrid, ESP

Ten best WorldTour performances in career
12017Men's IndividualTirreno - AdriaticoSan Benedetto del Tronto, ITA
12016Men's IndividualTour de RomandieGeneva, SUI
12016Men's IndividualVolta a CatalunyaMontjuic, ESP
12015Men's IndividualTirreno - AdriaticoSan Benedetto del Tronto, ITA
12013Men's IndividualItzulia Basque CountryBeasain, ESP
22019Men's IndividualParis - NiceNice, FRA
22018Men's IndividualVolta a CatalunyaMontjuic, ESP
22014Men's IndividualTirreno - AdriaticoSan Benedetto del Tronto, ITA
32018Men's IndividualTour de SuisseBellinzona, SUI
32016Men's IndividualItzulia Basque CountryEibar, ESP

DNF - Did Not Finish, DNS - Did Not Start, DSQ - Disqualified, OTL - Outside the Time Limit
Nairoman, The Condor (ciclismo.as.com, 03 Jul 2014)
Athlete, Business Owner
Wife Paola Hernandez, daughter Mariana [2014]
Team Arkea - Samsic [France] since 2020
His younger brother Dayer Quintana is also a professional road cyclist. He won the general classification at the 2016 Tour of San Luis in Argentina. (procyclingstats.com, 02 May 2021)
Turned professional in 2009
In October 2020 he underwent surgery on both knees to repair cartilage. (mundodeportivo.com, 21 Oct 2020)

In 2020 he was hit by a car while training in Colombia. He sustained a swollen knee and some bruising to his body that meant he was unable to train for about two weeks. (mundodeportivo.com, 13 Jul 2020; bbc.co.uk, 04 Jul 2020)

In September 2014 he fractured his collarbone. He crashed twice in as many days during the 2014 Vuelta a Espana and had to abandon the race on stage 11. He had surgery the next day and returned to competition for the 2015 season. (ole.com.ar, 25 Jan 2015; ciclismo.as.com, 03 Sep 2014)

In 2008 he was hit by a taxi on a Colombian road and was in a coma for five days. (sports.vice.com, 03 Jul 2015; colombiareports.com, 22 Jul 2013)
He got his first bicycle from his father at age 15. It was second hand and it was bought to help him get to his school, which was 18 kilometres away. For his first races, he competed under the promise to pay after he had won, as his family could not afford the race fees. He got his first professional contract at age 19. (colombiareports.com, 22 Jul 2013; eltiempo.com, 12 Dec 2010)
"I lived in Combita and biked to school in Arcabuco every day to save time. I always biked as if I was trying to win an important race." (eltiempo.com, 12 Dec 2010)
His parents, and coach Eusebio Unzuez who signed him for Team Movistar. (sports.vice.com, 03 Jul 2015; eltiempo.com, 06 Apr 2013)
In November 2015 he received the Ibero-American Sportsman of the Year award from the King of Spain. (cyclingweekly.co.uk, 17 Nov 2015)

In December 2013 he was awarded Colombian Sportsman of the Year by newspaper El Espectador. (cyclingnews.com, 03 Dec 2013)

In October 2013 he won the Velo d'Or Espoir from Velo Magazine for being the best young rider of the season. (insidethegames.biz, 30 Oct 2013)

In August 2013 he received the Order of Boyaca grade commander from the Colombian President. (presidencia.gov.co, 13 Aug 2013)

General Interest

Type of rider
Climber (SportsDeskOnline, 20 Jul 2016)

In 2019 he founded a recreational road race called 'Gran Fondo Nairo', which takes place in the Boyaca department of Colombia. The event is part of a campaign named 'Los Verdaderos Capos de Colombia' [Colombia's Real Chiefs], which is aimed at supporting the development of cycling in the country. (granfondonairoquintana.com, 01 Jan 2021; larepublica.co, 31 Aug 2019)

Alongside his wife Paola, he runs his own clothing brand which is sold online. He has plans to open a store in Bogota, Colombia. (forbes.co, 22 Feb 2021)

He plans to return to Combita, Colombia, when he retires from cycling to enjoy life in the countryside. "I'm losing my identity as a peasant from Boyaca. I know this. I'm travelling all over the world to races. But I have not forgotten the countryside. I have some cattle here [in Combita] and I have someone who takes care of them. When I'm finished with competitive cycling I will return to my roots. This is my region. This is where I am from, and this is where I would like to be." (sports.vice.com, 03 Jul 2015)

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