Nairo Quintana, "full of motivation" for Tirreno

The Colombian rider from Arkéa-Samsic will lead the French team in the Italian event, where he already took the general classification in 2015 and 2017.


Colombian Nairo Quintana (Arkea Samsic) faces the Tirreno Adriatico, a test that he has won twice, "full of motivation" and ready to give his best version after a hopeful start to the season.

"This is my first race of the year on the World Tour. It is a test of a higher level and I hope to be with the best. With the team we really want to do well in this Tirreno-Adriatico", says the cyclist Boyacense.

Quintana considers the "Race of the Two Seas" to be one of his favorites, and this year he will defend his options against the best cyclists in the peloton, such as Tadej Pogacar, Egan Bernal, Alaphilippe, Geraint Thomas and a long list of candidates.

"Personally, it is a race that I love, I have won it twice. I think it is even one of my favorite races. Being back in Tirreno fills me with motivation. I love racing in Italy, where people feel great passion for cycling. We know that we have to deliver results. With the guys from the Arkéa-Samsic team, we want to give everything to achieve something good, "he said.

The Arkea team for the Tirreno Adriatico that will be played from this Wednesday until the 16th will be composed of Nairo Quintana, Thomas Boudat, Diego Rosa, Kévin Ledanois, Lukasz Owsian, Thibault Guernalec and Laurent Pichon.

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