Nairo Quintana is reportedly hanging up his wheels and terminating his professional career in cycling. The former Arkéa Samsic rider has failed to secure a contract into 2023 and will end his career.
The Colombian has been reported to decided on the retirement by the Ciclismo En Grande TV show. He is said to have recently travelled to Europe in a last bid to net a pro contract but negotiations have failed, as he could not join Team Corratec.
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The Colombian has tested positive for Tramadol at the 2022 Tour de France, and his expected contract with Arkéa Samsic has been terminated. Many teams were possibilities for him to join in 2023, but a transfer was not agreed on.
It had been said by Johan Bruyneel that some teams may have been threatened with absence from the Tour de France if they signed the Colombian. Most likely this took place in the form of Israel - Premier Tech who had recently been highly hinted as his possible team.
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Quintana has recently been hinted at Team Corratec, but budget barriers and presence in the MPCC meant that the sanctioned Colombian was not a possibility for the Italian team, who were given a wildcard for the Giro d'Italia.
Quintana had said months ago that in 2023 he'd be targeting the Grand Tours, and that it was his new team's responsibilities to announce the transfer. A mystery had developed over the situation, but apparently Quintana will not be continuing his career as a pro cyclist.
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