"Quintana's start to the season is promising"

Yvon Ledanois, director of the Arkea, appreciated the performance of the star rider of his team in the Tour of the Maritime Alps. The Colombian finished ninth.


Colombian Nairo Quintana (Arkea Samsic), ninth classified in the Tour of the Maritime Alps, made a good balance of his debut of the season for having been "close to the best" and thinks optimistically "about future goals". The Colombian finished the general ninth, 18 seconds behind the winner Brambilla. "I finished in a good position in the race to return to competition. I was close to the best and was able to start a good job in view of my future goals. What is really a shame are the falls of Romain Hardy and Miguel Florez, since both were forced to withdraw ".

Grateful for the team's work, the Boyacá cyclist already sets his sights on the first important challenges of the year. "Little by little we are going to consolidate the achievements made in the Tour of the Maritime Alps. The intentions are there on behalf of all, and we are all united in the perspective of the first important goals for the Arkéa-Samsic team, which will arrive very soon. ".

For the director of the French team, Yvon Ledanois, Nairo Quintana's season debut is "very promising" as he performed satisfactorily against major rivals. "Nairo's qualifying, considering it was his first race, is a promising performance. It has been a tough three days, but now we cannot draw comparisons between our rider and his direct opponents."

"Let's not forget the injury he suffered, his knee surgery this fall. However, the level offered by Nairo is a very good sign for him and for the Arkéa-Samsic team. The bad news of the day is necessarily Miguel's fall Florez. The loss of a rider who is already important in our squad at a stage like this was inevitably damaging for us, "concluded Ledanois.

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