Movistar doubled their number of Quintanas last week when they signed a contract with Nairo's younger brother Dayer. The young Colombian is ready to work hard in his first professional season and hopes to one day reach the same level as his older brother.
Prior to the 2012 season, Movistar made a coup when they signed Nairo Quintana who at just 23 years of age has developed into one of the best grand tour riders in the world. Hoping to repeat the success, the team last week announced that they have signed a contract with his younger brother Dayer for the coming season.
Until now, the young Quintana has raced for the amateur Lizarte squad where he has shown great potential in both Spanish and Colombian races. He has just arrived in Europe for the beginning of his professional adventure as he will participate in Movistar's first team gathering this week.
Speaking with Ciclismo Internacional just before his travel to Europe, Dayer was pleased to have received a chance at the highest level.
"I am very happy but the deal is still not a done as I need to get through the medical checks," he said. "But if all goes well, it will be a privilege. It is an inexplicable feeling. I'm nervous and anxious at the same time."
The cycling history is loaded with pairs of brothers that have reached completely different levels. In recent years, expectations were great for riders like Prudencio Indurain, Gorka Beloki and Sebastien Chavanel but they never reached the same heights as their more famous brothers.
To live up to Nairo's feats can be a daunting task but Dayer has a relaxed approach to the pressure.
"It is inevitable it [getting compared to Nairo] happens but it does not bother me," he said. "I feel ready and to me it's a pleasant pressure. Becoming like Nairo would be an achievement."
Describing himself as a climber, Dayer knows that he will have to work hard in his first years as a professional. However, he has clear and lofty ambitions for his career.
"First I want to adapt and work whenever the teams wants me to," he said. "Then my dream is to work for Nairo in the Tour de France and one day win a grand tour, but first I have much work to do and the team will decide my race schedule."
It's a natural thought that Dayer's contract is more due to his brother than his own results. However, Dayer refuses to be drawn into that kind of speculation.
"I don't know if he had a great influence in the negotiations, I don't even know how long my contract is," he said. "I haven't talked to Nairo about this."
Dayer is one of eight new Movistar riders for 2014.
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