The Colombian was disqualified from the Tour after a prohibited non-doping substance was detected in his body
He will still go this year to the Gran Fondo Nairo Quintana México and Antioquia, where he will shoot with fans
The Colombian Nairo Quintana made his departure from Arkea Samsic official this Friday, after being disqualified from this year’s Tour de France for violating the prohibition of the use of tramadol, and announced that it is ending its season this year. “I want to announce that I will not continue with the Arkea Samsic team for the coming seasons as we had announced on August 16,” said the winner of the 2014 Giro d’Italia and the 2016 Vuelta a España, who thanked the team for the three years that he has competed in it and where he had “the opportunity to get the points to take the team to the ‘World Tour’ as I had said when they hired me”. In a video statement, the runner assured that he will continue “pedaling forward” and added that “little by little” he will comment more about his future.
At the moment, he is focused on his defense before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (TAS) before whom he filed an appeal against the International Cycling Union (UCI) for disqualifying him from the Tour de France, after detecting the use of tramadol, a strong pain reliever banned in competition from March 1, 2019, but that is not considered a doping substance.
The 32-year-old cyclist assured that he is “optimistic” because he is “honest” and “honest” and assured that he has not done “nothing wrong, nothing illegal.” “I want to defend myself for that very reason before the TAS, that is why I have come to this instance, and I hope to defend myself soon, to give good news to all of you, especially to my country,” said Quintana, who resigned from competing in the Vuelta a España, which began on August 19 and ended on September 11, to defend his case.
In addition, the cyclist, after missing the last competitions due to “health issues” wanted end your season although he assured that he will hold “two special events”, including the Gran Fondo Nairo Quintana México on October 23 in San Luis Potosí and the Gran Fondo Nairo Quintana Antioquia, where he will ride with amateur cyclists.
Quintana also participated as the leader of his country in the World Road Championships in the Australian city of Wollongong on September 17 and 25, for which he was “happy” with this task, although Colombia left without any metal.