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No Rio for Quintana

Team Colombia will be without star climber Nairo Quintana at the upcoming Rio Olympics

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PARIS (AFP) — Colombia’s 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.

The 26-year-old Movistar rider finished the Tour de France Sunday in third overall, 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 Unzué,” said Jaramillo.

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

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

If not, Quintana’s Movistar teammate Winner Anacona could be called up.