Still without a team but not retired, Nairo Quintana has announced that he will take part in the road race for the Colombian championships this Sunday.
It’s a national championship road race that will look great this Sunday! Nairo Quintana, Egan Bernal (if he no longer suffers from his left knee), Miguel Angel Lopez, Sergio Higuita, Rigoberto Uran, Daniel Martinez or even Esteban Chaves, who have all won stages on the Grand Tours, will be at the start of the Colombian championships, for an online race that promises to be very tough! But if all these cadors will wear the jersey of their World Tour or Continental Tour team, this will not be the case for Nairo Quintana. The one who will turn 33 on Saturday does not have a team, following the breach of his contract with Arkéa-Samsic when he tested positive for tramadol during the Tour de France. He will therefore line up for the race with the jersey of the League of the department of Boyaca, as allowed by the regulations of his Federation.and as he announced in a video published on instagram, where he poses with his yellow BMC bike. On the circuit all in relief traced around Bucaramanga, which will have to be covered ten times for a total of 237 kilometers, Nairo Quintana will aim for a first title of champion of Colombia Elite, he who has never done better than second, in 2020 , behind Daniel Martinez.
A race day for Quintana from the Tour de France
Last Wednesday, Nairo Quintana held a press conference to announce that he intended to continue his career and find a high-level team, he who has only competed in the road race of the world championships on September 25, since his sixth place (which was taken away from him) in the Tour de France. ” Although it is true that I still do not have a team, I am a cyclist always available to carry a jersey and give my best on the road. I want to compete again, put on a bib, feel the need to respond to a team, the pain in my legs from the effort, but also the satisfaction of victory or of having given my best until the finish line. arrival, I want this. He will get a taste of it on Sunday. The opportunity to convince a World Tour team?