Giro d'Italia 2014: How Nairo Quintana won his first Grand Tour

Nairo Quintana winner of Giro d'Italia

Nairo Quintana won two stages of the Giro d'Italia as he became the first Colombian to win the race.

Victory in a gruelling 16th stage was decisive, as the 24-year-old Movistar rider turned a deficit of two minutes 40 seconds to Omega Pharma-Quick-Step's Rigoberto Uran into a lead of 1:41.

Quintana extended his advantage with victory on a mountain time trial three days later, eventually winning by almost three minutes.

Uran completed a Colombian one-two, with Italy's Fabio Aru third.

The 97th edition of the Giro started in Belfast, with three stages in Northern Ireland and the Republic before switching to Italy.

Here BBC Sport looks at how Quintana won.

Friday, 9 May - stage 1: Belfast (21.7km) Team time trial

Orica GreenEdge team after winning stage one

Winners: Orica GreenEdge - report (Orica GreenEdge's Svein Tuft in leader's pink jersey)

Australia's Orica GreenEdge are victorious on the opening day, with Svein Tuft taking the race lead on his 37th birthday. Rigoberto Uran and Cadel Evans fare best of the pre-race favourites, with their teams second and third respectively, but Ireland's Dan Martin crashes, taking out several team-mates with him and injuring his right shoulder.

Saturday, 10 May - stage 2: Belfast to Belfast (218km)

Marcel Kittel wins stage two

Winner: Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano) - report (Orica GreenEdge's Michael Matthews in leader's pink jersey)

Germany's Marcel Kittel powers away from his sprint rivals to become the 84th man to win a stage on each of the three Grand Tours. Britain's Ben Swift figures in the final sprint and finishes seventh. The race favourites spend a wet and windy day in the shelter of the peloton. Australia's Michael Matthews is eighth and takes the race lead from Orica GreenEdge team-mate Svein Tuft.

Sunday, 11 May - stage 3: Armagh to Dublin (187km)

Marcel Kittel wins stage three

Winner: Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano) - report (Orica GreenEdge's Michael Matthews in leader's pink jersey)

Britain's Ben Swift is cruelly pipped to the line by Germany's Marcel Kittel, who celebrates his 26th birthday with a second consecutive stage victory after timing his sprint to perfection. On another damp and blustery day, the race crosses from Northern Ireland to the Republic with the overall favourites staying out of trouble in the peloton.

Tuesday, 13 May - stage 4: Giovinazzo to Bari (121km)

Nacer Bouhanni wins stage four in Bari

Winner: Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) - report (Orica-GreenEdge's Michael Matthews remains in leader's pink jersey)

Nacer Bouhanni becomes the first Frenchman in three years to win a Giro d'Italia stage when he sprints to victory in wet conditions. The FDJ rider survives a late puncture and then holds off the challenges of Trek's Giacomo Nizzolo and Giant's Tom Veelers to win the stage. German Marcel Kittel, winner of two of the first three stages, pulls out of the race because of a fever.

Wednesday, 14 May - stage 5: Taranto to Viggiano (200km)

Diego Ulissi gets a kiss on each cheek after winning stage five

Winner: Diego Ulissi (Lampre) - report (Orica-GreenEdge's Michael Matthews remains in leader's pink jersey)

Lampre rider Diego Ulissi claims Italy's first stage of the 2014 Giro d'Italia, beating 2011 Tour de France winner Cadel Evans in a sprint finish. Briton Ben Swift makes an early breakaway but is reeled in over the final 25km.

Thursday, 15 May - stage 6: Sassano to Montecassino (247km)

Michael Matthews wins stage six to retain overall lead

Winner: Michael Matthews (Orica GreenEdge) -

Australian Michael Matthews extends his lead to 21 seconds as he avoids a late crash that scattered the field to win the stage. Matthews is followed home in a small group by compatriot Cadel Evans, who is now his closest rival in the general classification.

Friday, 16 May - stage 7: Frosinone to Foligno (214km)

Nacer Bouhanni wins stage seven in Foligno

Winner: Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) - report (Frenchman Nacer Bouhanni claims his second Giro stage victory)

FDJ's Nacer Bouhanni claims his second stage win of the Giro d'Italia, but Australian Michael Matthews holds on to the leader's pink jersey. Bouhanni, making the most of dry roads, keeps his composure on a technical finish to grab victory by half a wheel.

Saturday, 17 May - stage 8: Foligno to Montecopiolo (174km)

Cadel Evans takes over the race lead

Winner: Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida) - report (Cadel Evans (pictured above) takes the overall race lead)

Former Tour de France winner Cadel Evans opens up a 57-second lead in the General Classification after Italian rider Diego Ulissi climbs to his second stage win of this year's race. Evans takes the 'maglia rosa' from compatriot Michael Matthews, who is dropped on the first category one climb of the race after a week in pink.

Sunday, 18 May - stage 9: Lugo to Sestola (174km)

Pieter Weening wins stage nine

Winner: Pieter Weening (Orica GreenEdge) - report (Evans holds onto Giro d'Italia lead)

Cadel Evans maintains his 57-second lead in the race after pushing up the pace in the final 40 kilometres of the mountainous stage nine. Dutchman Pieter Weening is rewarded with a second Giro stage win of his career after powering out of the leading group with Davide Malacarne before the final climb.

Tuesday, 20 May - stage 10: Modena to Salsomaggiore Terme (184km)

Nacer Bouhanni (centre) wins his third stage of this year's race

Winner: Nacer Bouhanni ( - report (Evans retains Giro leader's jersey)

Australian Cadel Evans retains the leader's pink jersey as Nacer Bouhanni claims his third stage win of this year's race. The 23-year-old French rider's victory strengthens his hold on the points classification red jersey.

Wednesday, 21 May - stage 11: Collecchio to Savona (249km)

Michael Rogers wins stage 11

Winner: Michael Rogers (Tinkoff-Saxo) - report (Evans retains Giro leader's jersey)

Australian Michael Rogers attacks on a downhill section 20km from the finish to win his first Grand Tour stage. His compatriot Cadel Evans continues to lead Rigoberto Uran by 57 seconds in the overall standings.

Thursday, 22 May - stage 12: Barbaresco to Barolo (41.9km) Individual time trial

Rigoberto Uran

Winner: Rigoberto Uran (Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) - report (Uran takes race lead)

Colombia's Rigoberto Uran produces a sensational individual time trial to win stage 12 and take the overall race lead from Cadel Evans. Uran leads Evans by 37 seconds, while pre-race favourite Nairo Quintana loses more time and is 3'29" adrift.

Friday, 23 May - stage 13: Fossano to Rivarolo Canavese (158km)

Maria Canola

Winner: Marco Canola (Bardiani Valvole) - report (Canola takes shock win, Uran retains race lead)

Italian Marco Canola delights the home crowds by leading home a breakaway victory after the sprinters leave it too late to chase the three escapees down. Colombia's Rigoberto Uran finishes safely in the peloton to retains the overall race lead

Saturday, 24 May - stage 14: Aglie to Oropa (162km)

Enrico Battaglin (left) wins stage 14 from Dario Cataldo

Winner: Enrico Battaglin (Bardiani Valvole) - report (Uran retains race lead)

Italy's Enrico Battaglin proves the strongest on the cobbles as he passes compatriot Dario Cataldo of Team Sky in the final 20m of the stage. Race leader Rigoberto Uran struggles on the ascent to the finish though as pre-race favourite Nairo Quintana reduces his deficit by 25 seconds to three minutes, four seconds. Cadel Evans remains second after also beating Uran and now trails the Colombian by 32 seconds.

Sunday, 25 May - stage 15: Valdengo to Plan de Montecampione (217km)

Fabio Aru

Winner: Fabio Aru (Astana) - report (Uran extends overall race lead)

A third successive Italian stage win for the home fans to cheer as Fabio Aru wins the race to Plan di Montecampione. The climbing specialist attacks in the closing kilometres of the uphill finish, leaving race leader Rigoberto Uran in his wake. Race favourite Nairo Quintana claws back more time on Uran, who now leads second-placed Cadel Evans by more than a minute.

Tuesday, 27 May - stage 16: Ponte di Legno to Val Martello (139km)

Giro d'Italia

Winner: Nairo Quintana (Movistar) - report (Quintana takes overall race lead)

A day of drama in the snow-capped mountains ends with pre-race favourite Nairo Quintana taking the race lead. The Colombian takes advantage of confusion on the descent of the Stelvio before powering up the final climb of the day to overhaul Rigoberto Uran and he now leads the race by 101 seconds.

Wednesday, 28 May - stage 17: Sarnonico to Vittorio Veneto (204km)

Italy's Stefano Pirazzi

Winner: Stefano Pirazzi (Bardiani Valvole) - report (Quintana retains lead after breakaway succeeds)

A rare day for a successful breakaway as five riders are allowed to build a lead of more than 12 minutes. Stefano Pirazzi then breaks clear in the final kilometre to race to victory. Race leader Nairo Quintana finishes in the main bunch, alongside his main rivals for the overall race win, to retain the pink jersey.

Thursday, 29 May - stage 18: Belluno to Rifugio Panarotta (Valsugana) (171km)

Julian Arredondo

Winner: Julian Arredondo (Trek) - report (Arredondo leads Colombia Giro charge)

A day of glory for Colombia as Julian Arredondo joins a group that breaks clear with around four kilometres to go and wins by 17 seconds from compatriot Fabio Duarte. Fellow Colombian Nairo Quintana retains the leaders pink jersey but it's a bad day for Australian Cadel Evans, who drops from third to ninth in the general classification.

Friday, 30 May - stage 19: Bassano de Grappa to Cima Grappa (26.8km) Individual time trial

Nairo Quintana of Movistar

Winner: Nairo Quintana (Movistar) - report (Quintana closes in on Giro victory)

Nairo Quintana tightens his grip on the race, reeling in his opponents to finish 17 seconds ahead of Fabio Aru. In the process, Quintana extends his lead in the general classification over Rigoberto Uran to three minutes and seven seconds, a daunting prospect for his fellow Colombian with only two stages remaining.

Saturday, 31 May - stage 20: Maniago to Monte Zoncolan (167km)

Michael Rogers en route to winning stage 20 of the Giro d'Italia

Winner: Michael Rogers (Tinkoff-Saxo) - report (Quintana on brink of Giro victory)

Nairo Quintana moves to the brink of race victory after maintaining his lead over fellow Colombian Rigoberto Uran. Australia's Michael Rogers wins the stage ahead of Italy's Franco Pellizotti. Another Italian, Francesco Bongiorno, is third after being pushed by a spectator in the closing kilometres.

Sunday, 1 June - stage 21: Gemona del Friuli to Trieste (169km)

Nairo Quintana wins Giro d'Italia

Winner: Luka Mezgec (Giant-Shimano) - report (Quintana wraps up Giro victory)

Movistar rider Nairo Quintana secures the first Grand Tour of his career with victory in the Giro d'Italia. Rigoberto Uran completes a Colombian one-two, with Italian Fabio Aru third overall. Slovenian Luka Mezgec, riding for the Giant-Shimano team, wins the final stage, edging out Italian Giacomo Nizzolo in a sprint finish.