Nairo Quintana, at 32 years old, keeps alive his hopes of continuing to be a star rider in the world's great races.
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The man from Boyacá achieved the best participation of the French team Arkea in a big one with the sixth place obtained in the recent Tour de France.
Now, when some media rumors about his departure from the team, Quintana clarified any doubts. 'A golden condition', the reason that would guarantee his permanence at Arkea.
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“We are close to signing with them, with Arkea, a team that has been growing, that has respected me and that loves me, listens to my opinions. We want to continue if there is the possibility. The manager is there and it's most likely,” Quintana told 'Caracol radio' in the last few hours.
Then, questioned about the details of the renewal, Quintana was clear and spoke of the condition he has for continue with Arkea.
“There are some requests we have, like being able to bring more experienced, stronger riders, keep improving the team. We have already seen that today they announce the signing of (Clément) Champoussin, who is a rider who comes from AG2R, a young rider but who already has experience and will surely help us with the team's work and also to win, he will surely be there disputing stages” (sic), he explained.
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'I had other proposals'
“I had proposals from some teams, but I don't want to fight with other leaders”, he had said on 'Blu radio'.
Arkea, which next year will be part of the World Tour, the highest cycling category in the world, plans to strengthen itself.
“The team , because we have already realized that I am respected and listened to. The idea is to reinforce it”, Quintana sentenced.
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