Rumours were saying last week that Nairo Quintana will fly to Europe to sign a contract with a new team, but now various media in Colombia report that the 32-year-old will announce his retirement this week.
The two-time winner of a grand tour will announce his cycling retirement on Wednesday, is the news from Colombia today. And that is very striking, after the earlier reports that he had found a new team for 2023.
The Colombian was disqualified from the Tour de France in August, in which he finished sixth, after testing positive for tramadol. This painkiller is not on the WADA banned substance list, but it is banned by the UCI. Quintana appealed against this disqualification, but this was rejected by the CAS.
Quintana rode for the Arkéa-Samsic for the past three seasons, but at the beginning of October both parties decided – despite an earlier verbal contract extension agreement – to part ways.