Cycling-Quintana leaves Arkea-Samsic

FILE PHOTO: Cycling - Tour de France - Stage 11- Albertville to Col du Granon Serre Chevalier - France - July 13, 2022 Team Arkea - Samsic's Nairo Quintana crosses the finish line after stage 11 REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

PARIS (Reuters) - Former Giro d'Italia and Vuelta winner Nairo Quintana is leaving his Arkea-Samsic team despite signing a contract extension last month, the Colombian said on Saturday.

Quintana, also a three-time Tour de France podium finisher, was disqualified from this year's race after testing positive for Tramadol, an opiate pain killer banned by the International Cycling Union (UCI) although it does not feature on the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) list of prohibited substances.

It will be banned by WADA in 2024.

Quintana had finished the Tour in sixth place overall.

"I wanted to thank the Arkea-Samsic team for these three years with ups and downs, but to which I was able to contribute my experience and bring back UCI points to be able to access the World Tour as it was agreed when I was hired and I hope that it will succeed," Quintana said on Twitter.

"I also wanted to say that I will not be continuing with the Arkea-Samsic team for the next three years as announced on Aug.16.

"I will keep you informed about my future in the next few weeks and prove what an honest rider I am. I have lodged an appeal with CAS (the Court of Arbitration for Sport) and I am continuing to work with my lawyers.

"I am optimistic because I am an honest person, I have not done anything wrong or illegal and I will defend myself."

(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Kim Coghill)

Article type: free
User access status:
Subscribe now to our Premium Plan for an ad-free and unlimited reading experience!

Next In Cycling

Azizul sprints to eighth in UCI Track Champs League
Cycling-German trucker identified as suspect after Rebellin killed in crash
Cycling-2024 Tour de France finale moved to Nice ahead of Paris Olympics
Cycling-Italian cyclist Rebellin dies after being hit by truck-reports
Azizul hopeful of reaching one final in three remaining TCL stops
Azizul gives good account of himself in first competition since heart surgery
Motorcycling-Bagnaia wins maiden MotoGP title as Ducati end 15-year drought
Motorcycling-Martin clinches Valencia pole, Quartararo holds advantage over Bagnaia
Cycling-CAS upholds Quintana disqualification from Tour de France
Cycling-Colbrelli says to retire, after being fitted with defibrillator

Others Also Read