The Colombian cyclist winner of the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España, Nairo Quintana, announced that he will withdraw from the Arkea Samsic team, where he had been since 2020. The athlete did not express the reasons for his departure. Quintana continues to defend him in the International Cycling Union, after testing positive for tramadol, a prohibited substance, in the Tour de France.
The Colombian cyclist Nairo Quintana, winner of the Giro d’Italia in 2014 and the Vuelta a España in 2016, among many other awards, made the decision to withdraw from the French team Arkea Samsic, despite the fact that he had announced on August 16 the renewal with the squad for another three seasons.
In a published video, he said that he thanked “the Arkea Samsic team for these three years where we were able to have many races that we won, many that we lost with ups and downs where I gave my experience to a great team. I had the opportunity to get the points to take the team to the World Tour, as I had said when I was hired, so hopefully next year the team will be racing in the World Tour peloton.”
The decision to withdraw comes at a time when the Colombian is involved in a dispute with the International Cycling Union, UCI, after having tested positive for tramadol in the Tour de France, a substance that is not considered doping, but is a strong painkiller and has been banned from competitions since March 2019. Following this result he was stripped of sixth place on the Tour and the points he had earned.
The Colombian is defending his case before the Sports Arbitration Court, TAS, and said he was “optimistic because I am honorable, I am honest, I have not done anything wrong, nothing illegal and I want to defend myself for that very reason before the TAS. That is why I have come before this instance, and I hope to defend myself soon, to give good news to all of you, especially to my country.”
In 2019, from Movistar to Arkea Samsic
In 2019, Quintana moved from Movistar, a team that produced several of his great victories, to Arkea Samsic where in 2020 the rider managed to keep the team from relegating by achieving the necessary points. This made the French reach the World Tour in 2023, although they could lose this classification, since without Quintana’s points they could drop in category.
Without confirming what his next step will be, the 32-year-old Quintana added that “we are going to keep pedaling forward, little by little we are going to comment on my future going forward, I want to continue showing the runner that I am, what I am made of, of what I can do”
The cyclist commented that he has missed competitions due to health problems and that from this moment on he will end his season, but assured that he will attend two events, the Gran Fondo Nairo Quintana México to be held in October in San Luis Potosí, and the Gran Fondo Nairo Quintana Antioquia.
With EFE and local media
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