Nairo Quintana will go back to the professional peloton and sign up for former crew Movistar on a one-year deal after a season-long hiatus from the game. The Colombian has been with out a crew since checking out certain for Tramadol on the 2022 Excursion de France, a substance prohibited by means of the UCI, however on the time now not at the WADA banned listing.
The 33-year-old climber spent his ultimate 3 years within the recreation at Arkéa-Samsic, however the French crew dropped him after his disqualification from the Excursion the place he had completed 6th, his easiest end result at a Grand Excursion since his time at Movistar.
Quintana’s glory years had been on the Spanish crew the place he triumphed at each the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España, along famously preventing Chris Froome on the Excursion de France the place he two times completed runner-up. It’s an understandably significant go back for the South American icon of the game.
“It is tremendous emotional for me to be again house. It is been the sort of difficult yr. The sleepless nights, such a lot of days of sacrifice, occurring my motorbike and looking to stay pushing, underneath the rain or the sizzling solar. Nevertheless it was once all price it. I would possibly not waste this chance,” mentioned Quintana in a press liberate.
“I do know the values of the crew, the values of recreation. I will be able to give my the whole lot do issues proper, and I need to assist the crew reach the most efficient effects. I am so extremely grateful to the Movistar Group, Telefónica, the squad, the entire squad, for this nice alternative, which I have been looking ahead to for see you later.
“With all my middle and my legs, I will do my easiest to lead them to, in addition to the enthusiasts, glad and proud. I am hoping this period now beginning can be a in reality a success one for the crew.”
Movistar introduced Quintana’s wonder go back in a social media publish with the extremely joyful Colombian speaking over a montage of his easiest moments on the Spanish crew.
He’s the 8th signing of this switch window for Movistar after Javier Romo, Pelayo Sánchez, Carlos Canal, Jon Barrenetxea, Manlio Moro, Rémi Cavagna and Davide Formolo had been already introduced.
Quintana in his limbo length had said that his go back would mark a large win for Latin The united states, part of the sector he turned into an emblem of within the biking international. He persevered to coach in Europe all through 2023 with the hope of having a freelance for 2024.
His wins within the early 2010s had been a part of a bigger motion that noticed Colombia upward push to the very top of biking in the course of the likes of Rigoberto Urán, Esteban Chavez, Fernando Gaviria and naturally the first-ever Latin American winner of the Excursion de France – Egan Bernal.
The International Anti-Doping Company (WADA) is set so as to add Tramadol to its banned listing and is now in a position to put into effect a sport-wide ban at the narcotic painkiller in festival, because of this riders may just now face a four-year suspension and the disqualification of race effects must they take a look at certain. Quintana was once the 1st bicycle owner to be punished for tramadol after a blood spot pattern taken from him throughout the 2022 Excursion de France grew to become up certain for the drug.
🇨🇴🦅💙 𝗡𝗮𝗶𝗿𝗼 𝗤𝘂𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗮 𝘃𝘂𝗲𝗹𝘃𝗲 𝗮 𝗰𝗮𝘀𝗮Confirmamos que @NairoQuinCo formará parte de los angeles plantilla de #MovistarTeam2024.📙 https://t.co/evwPQCjsQg percent.twitter.com/9hjHnWzFaGOctober 28, 2023