by Old Bone Machine
Nairo Quintana Rojas was born in Combita, Columbia. He rode to school each day, 16 kilometres away from his home. His parents were poor peasants and at the age of 10 he and his brother drove taxis at night to earn money for the family.
Riding his first Tour de France, the 23 year old won Stage 20 and secured both the polka dot mountain jersey and the white best young rider jersey. In the General Classification he finished second overall. The best Tour result by a Columbian rider ever.
Chris Froome of Team Sky secured the yellow jersey on the same mountain top stage, yet the news seemed already hackneyed and tired. It was what was expected for so long.
Quintana’s success though brought joy to his family, friends, the country of Columbia and to all those who love cycle racing.
The taxi driver had taken us for a wonderful and exciting ride through the French Alps.
(image credit: AP Photo/ Carlos Julio Martinez)
The above image shows the Quintana family watching a telecast of the Tour (stage 18 not 20) in their hometown of Combita, Columbia.