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Saturday, July 4, 2020

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Nairo Quintana hit by car on training ride in Colombia

Agence France Presse posted this:

Colombian Tour de France hopeful Nairo Quintana was knocked down by a car in central Colombia, a local town hall said on its Twitter account on Friday.

The 30-year-old winner of two Grand Tours complained of "pain in one knee" and "scratches on an elbow", Mery Mozo, the mayor of the Motavita municipality, told Blu Radio.

The accident occurred on Friday when "a driver performed an improper manoeuver and hit him," added the town hall.

The town hall posted pictures of Quintana sitting on a plastic chair by the side of the road, talking to the mayor and police, with his brother and Arkea-Samsic teammate Dayer alongside him, seemingly unhurt.

Nairo Quintana

Photo posted by the Motovita town hall of Quintana after the accident.

There were no visible injuries to Quintana, who was wearing a scarf over his face in one picture, but he was wearing a brace on his left knee.

The mayor said the car tried to get away but was blocked by Quintana's entourage.

Quintana -- the winner of the Giro d'Italia in 2014 and Vuelta a Espana two years later -- was taken to his home in Boyaca, where he received medical attention.

The diminutive climber is training in the mountains in his homeland ahead of the August restart to the cycling calendar.

Quintana was in fine form for his new team before the season was suspended in March, winning two minor French stage races and the final stage of the prestigious Paris-Nice.

He has finished on the podium three times at the Tour de France but compatriot Egan Bernal last year became the first South American to win the Grand Boucle, cycling's most prestigious race.

NTT team headed to training camp before season restart

Here's the team's update:

NTT Pro Cycling will travel to Lucca, Italy, for a team training camp from 12-24 July, ahead of the resumption of the international cycling calendar.

NTT Cycling Team

NTT is headed to Lucca (lucky dogs!) for training camp. Sirotti photo

Our full WorldTour squad, barring Japanese champion Shotaro Iribe who is currently at home in Japan recovering from surgery, along with a core group of support staff and senior management, including Bjarne Riis (Team Manager) and Douglas Ryder (Team Principal), will all travel to the camp.

Since the halt to proceedings following Paris-Nice in mid-March, our team have used the opportunity presented by the break to focus on a number of key areas in order to ensure that we are primed for when racing resumes.

Our team has a long history with Lucca as it’s the home of our NTT Continental team as well as a number of our riders and support staff. The Continental team will also have the opportunity to spend time with the WorldTour squad, and also provide key support during the camp.

“The time that we’ve been forced to spend apart has been very difficult for everyone, of course, but I must say the spirit in our group has been excellent. We’ve managed to stay connected and spent time all together on a weekly basis, together with our Continental team, sharing information, experiences and simply listening to one another. This has seen us work hard at fostering a cohesive unit away from racing, that I am confident will bear fruit when we get back out on the road again,” said Bjarne Riis, Team Manager.

“This camp will be the final step in that process as we sharpen our focus ahead of the resumption of the calendar, look ahead to the races to come and strive to make an impact both for the team and our fantastic partners.

“We have committed as a group to leave everything out on the road, fighting together for success and I am very excited for what opportunities lie ahead.”

During the course of the camp the Virtual Tour de France will be taking place and there will also be, as is our team’s tradition, a special celebration on 18 July for Mandela Day.

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