Nairo Quintanain his dialogue with The Lengthen of Radius Snail, He referred to the difficult situation of the Movistar Teamwho has not had a good season and, with the change implemented this year for the selection of the team World Tour, could lose its category.
“It’s a difficult situation, it’s not a good thing that a team with such a long history can lose its license in this way. (Alejandro) Valverde is expected to have enough points in the Vuelta a España to avoid relegation“, commented the Colombian cyclist.
And he added, wishing his former team good luck: “it’s also life, some go up, others go down and there are periods of idyll and periods where unfortunately you have to keep working to avoid being in a bad way. I wish them luck and that they are not in second place for the next three years.”
Nairo Quintana spent eight years as a Movistar Team rider, a team with which he won the Giro d’Italia (2014) and La Vuelta a España (2016), in addition to being on the podium of the Tour three times.
How’s the descent going?
The top 18 teams in the UCI Ranking at the end of the season will receive or retain the World Tour license. Movistar is in 17th place on the ranking with 3,996 points, followed by Israel (3,622), EF Education (2,846) and Team DSM (2,843).