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"Many people thought that I had only been signed by Movistar because I was Nairo's brother. With my work and my victory, I have shown that I belong to the professional peloton. But I am still aware that I miss a lot and have to mak...

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22.11.2014 @ 13:23 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

Dayer Quintana has finished his first professional year with the Movistar Team. The victory in the queen stage of the Tour of Austria was the highlight in a season of learning which offered glimpses of what may be in store for the future. Nairo's brother wants to go his own way.


Dayer Quintana started the 2015 with great moral and the plan to do his best for the team in his debut season.


"I have shown myself in every terrain, either by working for the team or by riding for myself. The victory wasa surprise but so far the team is very happy. This year I had my first win and I go into next year with more confidence and a little more freedom from the team," he told Biciciclismo after the first training camp in Pamplona.



In 2014, Quintana finished 9th in the Tour of Austria and 24th in the Eneco Tour.


"I'm feeling better with every passing day. I want to make my grand tour debut. Maybe I will do the Giro. The team says it is an ideal race for a young rider, a race where you can learn a lot and where there is still much commitment," he said. "I won't say that I will defend Nairo's title but if I am given the opportunity, I will try not to waste it."


Quintana used his first year to show his qualities and erase any doubt.


"Many people thought that I had only been signed by Movistar because I was Nairo's brother. With my work and my victory, I have shown that I belong to the professional peloton. But I am still aware that I miss a lot and have to make progress every day," he said. "Last year it was harder for me to win with the Lizarte team that it is among the professionals, because I was a marked man. Being Nairo's brother, everybody followed me."



Dayer has done races like Flanders and Roubaix in terrain that he is not used to.


"It's hard to explain. As a child in Colombia I wacthed  those races on TV and said 'buff, these race are very tough.' I imagined that I would do them some day but not in my first year. You just have to enjoy the atmosphere. Already in the neutralized zone, everyone is fighting for position. What makes it difficult is that those races are very fast in the first 100 kilometers and then you have to fight hard at the start of each section of cobblestones," he said..


He doesn't expect the cobbles of the Tour de France to be raced in the same way.


"It's not that complicated. Flanders and Roubaix are one-day races and people are going to die for it. In the Tour, I think it will be less fast because it is a three-week race. Above all, positioning means a lot," he said.



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