Quintana to skip Rio Olympic Games

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.

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

He was set to line up alongside Sergio Henao, Rigoberto Uran, Esteban Chaves and Miguel Angel Lopez. Jarlinson Pantano (IAM Cycling) will replace Nairo Quintana (Movistar) on the Colombian team.

“This substitution was made at the discretion of national coach Carlos Jaramillo, relaying the alternate registeration by the governing body of Colombian cycling to the Colombian Olympic Committee.”