Movistar's Nairo Quintana: 'Giro d'Italia title was no fluke'

Colombian Nairo Quintana competes during the uphill time trial in the 19th stage of the 97th Giro d'Italia, Tour of Italy, cycling race from Bassano del Grappa to Cima Grappa on May 30, 2014
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Nairo Quintana is out to prove that his victory at this year's Giro d'Italia was 'no fluke' as he gears up for the Vuelta a Espana.

Colombian rider Nairo Quintana is targeting success at this month's Vuelta a Espana as he aims to prove that his Giro d'Italia title was no fluke.

Quintana, 24, has enjoyed a meteoric rise to the top of cycling since joining Spanish team Movistar in 2012.

"It wasn't difficult to get to the level of a professional, but it was difficult to stay at that level," Quintana told Biciciclismo.

"Now I am on a different level and the truth is it isn't easy either, it has its complications, but I have got here and now I will try to show that it wasn't a fluke.

"Surely are many more years to win a Tour de France. And I would like to return to the Giro, a race that I loved. The truth is that I like all races."

The Vuelta a Espana begins on August 23 with a 12.6km team time trial in Jerez de la Frontera.

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