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Nairo Quintana confirms he will stay at Movistar; will lead at next year's Tour de France

Joe Robinson
17 Aug 2017

Nairo Quintana confirms he will stay at Movistar and also ride next year's Tour de France

Nairo Quintana has confirmed that he will be staying at Movistar, putting an end to the rumours that the Colombian would be making a move away from the Spanish WorldTour team.

Quintana confirmed his decision via his twitter pages stating that he will be riding the World Championships in Bergen, Norway next month whilst also racing next year's Tour de France.

With the 27-year-old announcing that he will race next year's Tour, questions will be raised as to what the race schedule of new recruit Mikel Landa will be.

Landa stated after this year's Tour that he would not return to the race unless he is racing as team leader.

It was this statement, alongside his signature to Movistar, the fuelled rumours of Nairo Quintana's departure.

After a disappointing season that saw the Colombian fall short in both the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France relations between the rider and the team seemed low.

It was reported that Quintana was unhappy with the team's decision to have him attempt the Giro-Tour double with further conflict coming over the team's decision to not let Quintana train at home in Colombia in between the two grand tours.

However Quintana's tweet dispels any conflict rumours and confirms that he will be with the Spanish WorldTour team for at least one season.

With Quintana confirmed to ride the Tour and Alejandro Valverde, Movistar's second general classification rider, unlikely to return from injury soon, Mikel Landa will mostly return to the Giro in search of a maiden pink jersey.

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