The boyacense cyclist Nairo Quintana (Arkéa Samsic), disqualified last Wednesday from the Tour de France due to a medical infraction, announced on Thursday that he will not participate in the Vuelta a España, which started this Friday, explaining that he does not have “the head or the body for the competition”.
“I prefer to return home, organize and prepare my defense on the notification that I received yesterday (Wednesday),” declared the 32-year-old Colombian runner, winner of the Vuelta in 2016, in a message posted on his Instagram account.
After indicating that he had “been able to reflect during the night”, the broker stated that is not “fit” to participate in the race.
“I will be working during these ten days to show that I have no problem and we will see each other again in the next competitions,” he concluded.
Now, while Quintana focuses his efforts on defending himself, he shines the fortune that both he and his team would lose due to the unexpected sanction.
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The millionaire who is lost
In principle, due to the disqualification of Nairo Quintana from the Tour de France in which he was sixth, the boyacense and the French team of Arkea would lose the 23,000 euros they had received for participation in the ‘Grande Boucle’.
In that sense, they would lose the nearly 103 million pesos that they had left Quintana’s presentation.
Likewise, from the outset, for his appeal in the TAS, Quintana must pay a sum of 1,000 Swiss francs (just over four million pesos). However, the process as such could represent a cost of more than two hundred million pesos.
Also, taking into account that Quintana aspired to be in the ‘top 5’ of the Vuelta a España, he could have received at least 12,500 euros (55 million pesos).
In short, a great economic loss.
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