The Colombian cyclist Nairo Quintan to from the Arkea-Samsic, will return to competition in the Tour de L'Ain between 7 and 9 August before facing the Dauphiné on the way to Tour de France which this year will start on August 29 after the delay due to the coronavirus .
In the French round, Quintana will seek to reach the podium according to the team's director, Emmanuel Hubert. An objective that he has already achieved on three occasions: second in 2013 and 2015 and third in 2018, all of them when he was a member of Movistar.
“ We will go with great ambitions, but we will be humble because we know that the level in this race is always very high “
"Nairo wants to be on the podium of the Tour, he has said it many times, it is no secret. He will go with our other leader, Warril Barguil, and both will be complementary and will be able to support each other. We will go with great ambitions, but we will be humble because we know that the level in this race is always very high. No opponent, no team will be taken lightly "says Hubert.
Quintana started the season with 5 wins and was released before the season stoppage due to the coronavirus pandemic. His partner, Barguil, will return to compete in the Tour de Occitania from 1 to 3 August. Afterwards both riders will coincide in the Dauphiné as a general rehearsal for the Tour de France (August 29-September 20).
"To have our two leaders distributed and the way to multiply our chances of scoring points for this ranking of which we are leaders today and which will open the doors of all World Tour races in 2021."
“ The Critérium Dauphiné is a great event that serves as an ideal preparation for the Tour “
As the director of the Arkea comments, "the Critérium Dauphiné is a great event that always offers a race format that serves as an ideal preparation for the Tour". "This year, of course, the race will be reduced in terms of the number of race days, but will continue to be interesting in the focus of the Tour held a few weeks later. Nairo and Warren have already raced together this year, they have already acquired automations in the race, the Dauphiné will allow them to further refine them. "