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Nairo Quintana focused on 2015 after shoulder op

Nairo Quintana is looking ahead to 2015 after the crash in the Vuelta a Espana that forced the Movistar rider to undergo surgery.

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Pre-race favourite Quintana appeared well-placed to add the Vuelta to this year's Giro d"Italia crown as he headed the general classification heading into Tuesday's stage-10 time trial.

But a fall over his handlebars during the 36.7-kilmometre route left him with a 3 minutes and 28 seconds deficit behind Alberto Contador and worse was to follow on Wednesday.

Quintana came off 20km into the 153.4km stage from Pamplona to San Miguel de Araiar, sustaining a fractured shoulder blade.

Surgeon Jesus Alfaro stated the 24-year-old Colombian was set for an eight-week lay-off having gone under the knife and the rider confirmed that, although he will be back on the bike in three weeks' time, his focus is now firmly on next season.

"Well, all went well, they have placed the bone in place, I will be out for three weeks and then I can continue riding," he said.

"I had a previous fall that did not hurt, the next day was when I had the break. It was not by the hit but by the force of my own body that has broken the bone.

"Yes, some unlucky things happen but I'm okay. That"s the important thing and I will go forward.

"This season is over. I will recover well and start making preparations for winter, to be stronger next year.

Quintana finished second in the 2013 Tour de France, taking with King of the Mountains and Young Riders' jerseys in the process, but did not compete in this year's edition.

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