Cycling: struck by a car, Nairo Quintana will be absent for two weeks

He is doing well. Colombian cyclist Nairo Quintana, hit by a car on Friday while training for the Tour de France, is “nothing serious” but will have to take a two-week rest period, he said. on social networks.

“According to the medical report, I have an inflammation in the knee (right), but my luck is that […] it’s nothing serious, ”said the 30-year-old runner, who joined the French team Arkéa-Samsic in September.

“No fractures have been diagnosed”

“Logically I should observe two weeks of rest and wait to see how my knee evolves,” added the winner of the Tour of Italy 2014 and the Tour of Spain 2016.

Arkéa-Samsic said on Saturday that “no fracture has been diagnosed”. However, the rider suffers from “poly-trauma to the right knee,” said the cycling team in a statement.

The Colombian “scarab”, who has climbed three times on the Tour de France podium, was training in Colombia with his brother and teammate Dayer Quintana when he was involved in an accident in Motavita, northeast of Bogota .

A vehicle passed them before overturning Nairo Quintana. The driver tried to flee but was arrested according to a police source.

According to the press release from Arkéa-Samsic, the Colombian considered that this unavailability would not affect “in any case” his preparation “for his objective of the year which is the Tour de France”. The Great Loop was postponed from August 29 to September 20 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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