|The great absence. Nairo Quintana. (Photo: Wikipedia)|
|Nairo Quintana in the Tour of Britain. |
But early on in this year's Tour, the two favorites, Briton Chris Froome and Spaniard Alberto Contador crashed out, meaning that Quintana, if he were racing, would have a grand chance to win the grandest tour of all.
Of course Quintana, 24, should have many more opportunities to win the Tour de France. But in cycling, like all sports, anything could happen: a bad injury, the rise of another great champion, a personal crisis, which could eliminate his future chances.
That might leave Quintana looking back with regret to 2014, when the bicycle racing's greatest prize was almost there to be plucked.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours