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Nairo Quintana’s father confirms rider's move to Arkea-Samsic

George Smith
26 Jul 2019

Longstanding rumours confirmed as Colombian set for move to French outfit

Speaking to Colombian media, Nairo Quintana’s father has confirmed that the winner Tour de France's Stage 18 will swap Movistar for Arkea-Samsic next year.

‘Nairo is changing teams, he's going to Arkea,’ Luis Quintana told Bogota's Blu Radio. ‘I'm telling you, Colombians, that Nairo will probably do very well.’

Rumours have been whirring around the future of the Grand Tour winner for months now, with Movistar boss Eusebio Unzué all but assuring he won’t stay with the Spanish team just this week.

‘Nairo has given us so many glorious days and I don't rule out that he will have some more, but it's been a couple of years now that he's not been at the great level we saw before,’ Unzué told Spain's Cadena Ser radio station on Monday.

Quintana will leave Movistar after seven years as Colombia’s most decorated cyclist ever, winning the Giro d’Italia, Vuelta a Espana, Tirreno-Adriatico and the Tour of Romandie, amongst other prestigious titles.

The 29-year-old’s form stagnated after his second triumph at the Giro in 2017, however, with yesterday’s win on Stage 18 of the Tour de France the first glimpse of the old Quintana fans have got since then.

In the process of that impressive stage win Quintana slashed the gap to race leader Julian Alaphillipe to less than four minutes, and now rides as the Movistar rider best placed in the over General Classification.