no agreement with Corratec for Quintana, probable farewell announcement on Wednesday 25th

no agreement with Corratec for Quintana, probable farewell announcement on Wednesday 25th
no agreement with Corratec for Quintana, probable farewell announcement on Wednesday 25th
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The world of Cycling is ready to greet another of the protagonists of the talented, but partly unspoken, class of ’90. After Fabio Aru, Tom Dumoulin and Thibaut Pinot, who he will leave at the end of 2023, also Nairo Quintana is preparing to leave professional cycling. The Colombian champion bids a sad farewell, after a complex story that explains how particular and ambiguous certain cycling rules are. Quintana had tested positive for tramadol in a check carried out during the last Tour de France. Positivity to this product involves the cancellation of the result obtained in the race in which the check was carried out, but no other sanctions and no further period of disqualification.

Despite this, he encountered insurmountable difficulties in Quintana in finding a new team and is now ready to officially confirm his farewell to the cycling.

Cycling, Quintana’s Tramadol case

Nairo Quintana has called a press conference for Wednesday 25 January. On this occasion, the former Movistar rider will talk about what has happened to him recently and will announce the immediate end of his career. The decision to leave cycling came about due to the inability to find a World Tour or Professional team willing to sign him after the case tramadol.

Quintana’s difficulty may appear grotesque and surreal, given that he is a champion with two victories in the grand tours under his belt and who conquered four successes last season.

The Colombian is getting into trouble due to the overlapping of rules in force between the official regulations of the UCI, the world Federciclismo, and the Movement for Credible Cycling, a free association to which most of the professional teams have joined. The MPCC has stricter rules than the official ones, and requires teams that have chosen to join it not to hire riders who have been disqualified for doping.

The Movement has also fought for a long time to tighten the penalties in case of positivity to Tramadol.

No agreement with Corratec

The organizers of the most important races, starting from those of the Giro and above all of the Tour, seem to support this association, and would have invited teams wishing to obtain wildcards to be part of it, perhaps also to give a better image to the cycling and at your events.


For this reason, more and more teams have chosen, more or less freely or by force of circumstances, to enter the MPCC and impose tougher rules than the official ones.

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This made finding a new team very problematic Nairo Quintana. The Colombian champion has been in Europe in recent days to have talks with some teams, and mainly with Corratec. However, the negotiation did not go well, as the team recently entered the MPCC and obtained the wildcard for the Giro d’Italia. Quintana therefore returned to Colombia without any contract in his pocket and, as confirmed by the TV program Cycling en Grande, he will hold the press conference on Wednesday in which he will announce his farewell to cycling.

Quintana, two grand tours and 51 total victories

Nairo Quintana turned professional at the age of 19 in 2009 with a small Colombian team, Boyaca es para vivirla. In 2012 he made the leap to the World Tour with Movistar, immediately distinguishing himself among the strongest climbers and stage race specialists. His greatest successes were the Giro d’Italia 2014 and the Vuelta Espana 2016.

He also finished second twice in the Tour de France and won almost all the most prestigious one-week races, such as the Tirreno Adriatico, the Volta Catalunya, the Volta Pays Basque and the Tour de Romandie. In his fourteen seasons as a professional he scored 51 victories, including 8 stages in the grand tours.


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