Ill Quintana to miss Rio Olympics

2016-07-24 23:30

Paris - Colombian cycling star Nairo Quintana will miss the Olympic Games in Rio next month, Colombian media reported on Sunday, citing the country's cycling coach Carlo Mario Jaramillo.

Movistar leader Quintana, 26, has just finished third at the Tour de France but had been complaining for days of a mystery allergy that he said prevented him from truly challenging champion Chris Froome.

"I've spoken several times to (Movistar sports director) Eusebio Unzue," said Jaramillo.

According to Colombian media, Quintana will undergo medical tests to try to establish exactly what was wrong with him.

Jarlinson Pantano, who won the Tour's 15th stage and was highly visible in the race's final week by regularly getting in the day's breakaway, is likely to be called up as a replacement, Jaramillo said.

If not, Quintana's Movistar team-mate Winner Anacona could be called up.

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