Nairo Quintana will ride for the small French team Arkéa Samsic from next year. The Colombian is currently leading the Vuelta a España.
Quintana signs a three-year contract, reports Arkéa Samsic. His younger brother Dayer Quintana (Neri-Sella Italia), Winner Anacona (Movistar) and Diego Rosa (Team INEOS) also make the switch to the French team.
"It is a great honor to welcome this great leader and three good climbers to our team," said Emmanuel Hubert, general manager of the Arkéa-Samsic pro-continental team.
"Our team in 2020 will consist of 28 riders and is on WorldTour level paper. We give ourselves three years to achieve our big goal: to win a big lap."
Warren Barguil and André Greipel are currently the most famous riders of Arkéa Samsic, which at the beginning of this year became the namesake of the team that was previously called Fortuneo-Samsic.
"The collaboration between Quintana and Barguil will give us extra strength. They must help each other to make progress," says Hubert.
Quintana wants to win Tour de France
Quintana already won the Tour of Italy (in 2014) and Tour of Spain (2016) and was on the Tour de France stage three times. He has been with Movistar since 2012, who then took over from a small Colombian team.
"My ambitions remain the same, my goal is to win the Tour de France," says the 29-year-old climber. "This transfer is a turning point in my career, a positive turning point."
In the Vuelta, Quintana leads on the first day of rest with a 6-second lead over Primoz Roglic from Jumbo-Visma. Astana rider Miguel Ángel López has to make up for 17 seconds and Quintana's Movistar team-mate Alejandro Valverde is 20 seconds behind.
On Tuesday, an individual time trial of 36 kilometers in the French Jurançon to Pau is on the program.
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