Bogota - Colombian
Nairo Quintana, who won stage 18 of the Tour de France on Thursday,
will ride for French team Arkea-Samsic next year, his father said.
The 29-year-old two-time Grand Tour winner - the most decorated
cyclist in Colombia's history - has spent the last seven years with
"Nairo is changing teams, he's going to Arkea," Luis Quintana told Bogota's Blu Radio.
"I'm telling you, Colombians, that Nairo will probably do very well."
Quintana exploded onto the European scene in 2012, his first season
with Movistar, winning two stage races in the Vuelta a Murcia and Route
du Sud, as well as claiming a stage victory at the prestigious Criterium
The next year he shocked his experienced Spanish team-mate Alejandro
Valverde, the current world champion, by out-performing him in riding to
second place at the Tour de France behind Briton Chris Froome, now a
Success kept coming for Quintana as he won the 2014 Giro d'Italia,
came second in the Tour the next year and then won the Vuelta a Espana
He also won important stage races such as Tirreno-Adriatico and the Tour of Romandie.
But since finishing second in the 2017 Giro, his results have been a disappointment.
He could finish only 12th at the Tour that year and 10th 12 months
later, while he was outside the top 10 in the current race until his
victory in the Alps propelled him up to seventh.
Until then he'd been lagging behind two team-mates in 39-year-old
Valverde and Spaniard Mikel Landa, even claiming on Wednesday that he
was now working for the latter.
Landa was seventh in the standings until Quintana's victory, leaving
the Colombian now a minute ahead of his team-mate with two Alpine stages
to come before Sunday's procession into Paris.
Arkea haven't commented on the move but Movistar team manager Eusebio
Unzue suggested on Monday that Quintana was on his way out.
"Nairo has given us so many glorious days and I don't rule out that
he will have some more, but it's been a couple of years now that he's
not been at the great level we saw before," Unzue told Spain's Cadena
Quintana rolled back the years on Thursday, though, getting clear in a
breakaway and then attacking on the final climb up the imposing
Galibier mountain to claim his third stage victory at the Tour following
one each in 2013 and last year.
He's now less than four minutes behind overall leader Julian
Alaphilippe, from France, a minute ahead of Landa and two clear of