KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 19 (Bernama) -- The youngest World MotoGP champion, Marc Marquez of Spain and Tour de France rookie Nairo Quintana of Colombia are among leading contenders for the 2014 Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year Award.
In a statement today, the Laureus World Sports Awards organiser noted that the 20-year-old Marquez, who was also the first rider to win the world title in his rookie season since Kenny Roberts in 1978, was the youngest rider in the 65-year history of the World Championship to have won in three different classes -- 125cc, Moto2 and MotoGP.
Cyclist Quintana, 23, made a dramatic impact at the 2013 Tour de France, finishing second overall and winning the King of the Mountains title and the Young Rider's Jersey.
"Quintana's performance was the best by a Latin American rider and was the first Tour rookie to finish on the podium since 1996," said the statement.
Despite their remarkable performances, Marquez and Quintana will still have strong competition from many of sports' greatest young talents, including prodigious teenagers like New Zealand's Lydia Ko and China's Guan Tianlang in golf and United States' Simone Biles and Russia's Yana Kudryavtseva in gymnastics.....