Nairo Quintana confirmed the information that had been discussed in recent hours regarding his sporting future. Despite the speculations that linked him with other teams, the Colombian is clear that the Arkea French is the ideal place to continue your career.
In dialogue with W Radio Time Trial, the boyacense cyclist expressed his desire for the next season, in which the renewal of his link with the French squad is the priority.
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“We have thought a lot about the situation. If it is not another team, we would lose a year of adaptation and we do not want to go through that moment. The team has been growing, next year we can do the big three and the path we want now is to continue with the Arkéa; the negotiation is being followed, it is on the right track and Arkéa is strengthening its payroll and we are going to have an even better team“He said about the renewal of his contract that runs until the end of this year.
Quintana highlighted the reinforcements that will arrive for the following year, such as Clement Champoussin, 24 years oldsince “it will help in all areas and it will be participation in important races and earn points for the team”.
On the other hand, he referred to how he will reach the Tour of Spain after the wear and tear in the Tour de France, in which he finished in sixth place overall.
“We are going to meet runners who arrive fresh, who have barely run two races since the Giro d’Italia, and they arrive in good physical condition. We hope to arrive in good condition, it will be fast and hard, added to the high temperatures, but we are prepared, we are going to arrive in good condition and we are going to have a good Vuelta España“, he stated.
Nairo, 32, will be the leader of Arkéa Samsic in the last big of the year that begins on August 19 and ends on September 11.