July 3, 2020 / 4:56 PM / a month ago

Cycling - Quintana escapes serious injury after being hit by car

FILE PHOTO: Cycling - Tour de France - The 208-km Stage 18 from Embrun to Valloire - July 25, 2019 - Movistar Team rider Nairo Quintana of Colombia wins the stage. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann/File Photo

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Former Giro d’Italia winner Nairo Quintana is to spend two weeks on the sidelines after being hit by a car during training in Colombia on Friday.

The 30-year-old Colombian, who won the Giro in 2014, the Vuelta in 2016 and twice finished runner-up on the Tour de France, was knocked down by a car that overtook him and his support team in the Bocaya region.

His Arkea-Samsic team feared a possible knee injury but Quintana said he had grazed his left arm and hurt his right knee and left leg.

“The medical report is in and my knee is swollen but luckily they have told us that it’s nothing serious,” he said.

“Of course, now I’ll have to take two weeks off to rest and wait for it to heal.”

Quintana is scheduled to resume racing at the Tour de l’Ain on Aug. 7.

Reporting by Julien Pretot and Luis Jaime Acosta; writing by Andrew Downie; Editing by Christian Radnedge, Pritha Sarkar and Dan Grebler

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