The Colombian brilliant was activity cornball as he is set to activate the abutting decade with a new aggregation and new challenges to acknowledge himself.
Nairo Quintana bid a bawling goodbye to his Movistar aggregation over the weekend, with the Colombian brilliant already eyeing a accessible allurement to abutting year’s Vuelta a España.
That’s how abundant Quintana’s antic activity is activity to change in the abutting few weeks.
The Colombian annex of the Movistar-Telefónica offices in Bogotá paid admiration over the weekend to Quintana’s continued run at the Spanish WorldTour team. With his move to the French Professional Continental accouterments Arkea-Samsic for 2020, it was Quintana’s aftermost goodbye.
“We’ve had a lot of admirable memories together,” Quintana told a arranged house. “Not alone for the Movistar team, but for Colombian cycling.”
Quintana’s high-profile avenue from Movistar for the French accouterments will accept implications for everyone. Now antagonism at the second-tier league, Quintana won’t accept automated bids to chase in anywhere he wants. Instead, the aggregation will accept to calculation on invitations to get into some of the above races. With its abundant French tilt, a atom in the Bout de France is all but assured. The added admirable tours will accept to wait. Afterwards seeing a climb-heavy Vuelta advance apparent aftermost anniversary in Spain, Quintana has already said he’d like to chase the Spanish admirable tour.
“I like the route,” Quintana said. “The antecedent plan is to be there, but that depends on the alignment and its director, Javier Guillén.”
Guillén is already beneath burden on how to allotment out his wild-card spots. With the WorldTour accretion to 19 in 2020, the admirable tours are activity pinched. The Giro d’Italia, adverse the aforementioned problem, begin some breath allowance back wild-card agreement Total Direct Energie said it would bypass on its automated atom in the Italian admirable tour. That gives the Italians three wild-card spots to duke out.
So far, Total Direct Energie has adumbrated it will exercise its appropriate to chase the Vuelta, which is claimed afterwards finishing aloft the Professional Continental aggregation rankings in 2019. That leaves Guillén with alone two spots to consider. With three Spanish Professional Continental teams clamoring for a atom to chase the Vuelta, it won’t be accessible for Quintana to acquire a abode in the Spanish admirable tour. Even beginning superstar Mathieu Van der Poel, who has not hidden his appetite to chase the Vuelta abutting year with his Corendon-Circus team, ability be awkward out.
Quintana’s move to Arkea-Samsic will accept added implications as well. Admitting Quintana will chase in the Colombian civic championships in January, he will not attempt in the accepted Bout Colombia 2.1 in February, instead authoritative his division admission in aggregation colors on French clay at the Bout de la Provence and Bout du Haut-Var in February.
Quintana will additionally chase in Paris-Nice and the Volta a Catalunya as able-bodied as beyond the Ardennes classics, area he’s alone raced alert in his career, with a best 16th in the 2013 Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Quintana will acceptable chase the Critérium du Dauphiné in June afore a acknowledgment to the Tour. The Tokyo Olympic Games are additionally on his acting calendar, admitting it will be a awful aggressive acreage to acquire one of Colombia’s bristles starting positions.
Quintana’s avenue additionally leaves a aperture in Movistar. Back abutting the aggregation in 2012, Quintana bound emerged as a agreement in about every raced he started. Admitting he did not win the Tour, Quintana won the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España, and hit the Bout belvedere three times. Admitting he wasn’t in podium-challenging anatomy in the accomplished three editions of the Tour, he still delivered date wins in 2018 and 2019.
Along with the departures of Mikel Landa (Bahrain-Merida) and Richard Carapaz (Ineos), Movistar will be counting on Alejandro Valverde as able-bodied as arising talents Enric Mas and Marc Soler to ample the gap.
And as he turns 30 in February, Quintana acquainted the time was appropriate for a change. With Egan Bernal authoritative history as the aboriginal Colombian to win the Bout de France, the ever-proud Quintana knows he needs to footfall up.
Over the weekend, Quintana was activity cornball and effusively thanked anybody aural the Movistar alignment for its support. Admitting there were letters of astriction amid Movistar and Quintana over the accomplished few seasons, Quintana larboard with a balmy glow.
“Over the years I climbed abounding difficult steps,” he said. “For me it was never easy. I’ve formed back I was a adolescent and I fought to advance and survive, and luckily I begin a home at Movistar.”
A highlight video reeled off Quintana’s abounding milestones and achievements during his run in the Movistar “blue,” and admitting it’s set to end with his three-year arrangement to accompany Arkea-Samsic, Quintana was thankful.
“It moves me to anticipate of aggregate that’s happened and it brings me to tears,” he said. “For me it’s actual adamantine to be actuality today, but it’s not a goodbye, but rather a ‘see you soon.’”
With that, Quintana was abrogation the aperture accessible conceivably for a acknowledgment to Movistar in the future. As of now, the Movistar affiliate of his antic career is over. It’s time for new beginnings, both for Quintana and Movistar, anniversary demography altered paths into the abutting decade.
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