Colombian native Nairo Quintana has made cycling history.
After placing second in the Tour de France, which spans from Porto-Vecchio to Versailles, the 23-year-old is now the highest Colombian finisher in the race’s history, according to Latin Times.
Born in Combita, Colombia, Quintana’s nine-mile journey to school every day was the beginning of his love for cycling.
“Busing to school was an early option but because he had four siblings, finances for bus transportation were too steep, so the young Nairo learned to ride his bike, an act that turned out to be well worth the $30 his father spent at the time!” the report said.
Quintana is also the fourth Colombian to win the Tour de France’s King of the Mountain polka dot jersey, which signifies the best climber in the race.
(Photo by Getty via Latin Times)