Tour of Italy winner Nairo Quintana will compete in the Tirreno-Adriatico cycling race from March 11, his Moviestar team confirmed on Friday.

The 25-year-old suffered severe bruising following a fall competing at the Colombian national cyclingchampionships last Sunday.

Quintana won the Giro d’Italia last year and finished runner-up on the Tirreno-Adriatico, and this year is targeting the Tour de France in which he finished runner-up in 2013.

He was also leading the Vuelta a Espana in 2014 before crashing badly on a time-trial.

The Tirreno-Adriatico marks its 50th anniversary this year with the seven-day stage race running from March 11-17. – Agence France-Presse

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