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Astana an option for Quintana after Arkéa-Samsic divorce

Astana an option for Quintana after Arkéa-Samsic divorce

Nairo Quintana could move to Astana Qazaqstan rather than a French WorldTour team after leaving Arkéa-Samsic , with the Colombian climber hoping the Court of…

Wednesday, Oct 05

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Nairo Quintana could move to Astana Qazaqstan rather than a French WorldTour team after leaving Arkéa-Samsic , with the Colombian climber hoping the Court of Arbitration for Sport will clear him of any wrongdoing in a hearing on October 12, over his Tour de France positive for tramadol.

At the weekend L’Equipe suggested that a French WorldTour team was interested in signing Quintana for 2023 and on Tuesday named AG2R Citroën as a possible option. However the French squad moved quickly to deny any interest in signing the Colombian or any contact with his agent.

Cyclingnews understands that Astana Qazaqstan is the most likely destination for Quintana, with his tramadol positive not seen as an obstacle. Vincenzo Nibali will retire after Saturday’s Il Lombardia and Quintana could share Grand Tour team leadership with fellow-Colombian Miguel Angel López .

Astana Qazaqstan has endured a difficult 2022 season, winning just four races. But the team appears set to secure a WorldTour licence for 2023-2025, despite some delays in salary payments, and manager Alexander Vinokourov is working on rebuilding the roster.

Quintana was retrospectively disqualified from this summer’s Tour de France after two blood samples during the race tested positive for tramadol. The painkiller is not classified as a performance-enhancing drug but is banned by the UCI. Riders returning a positive result for the substance during a race via a blood droplet test are disqualified, while a second offence carries a five-month ban. WADA has recently announced that tramadol will become a banned substance from […]

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