Nairo Quintana moves into new terrain with Arkea-Samsic

Nairo Quintana's time at Movistar is almost over
Nairo Quintana's time at Movistar is almost over (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

When Nairo Quintana leaves his team hotel lobby every morning this week in Calpe, Spain, a left turn brings him to a vast deployment of team vehicles currently hogging almost all the spots in a fenced-off car park, among them the truck for his new squad for 2020, Arkea-Samsic.

And if the Colombian turns right? As chance would have it, Quintana would then find himself on exactly the same broad boulevard where he broke away for a stunning Vuelta a España stage victory for Movistar just a few months ago. It’s also the same road down which Quintana, clad in the red jersey of Vuelta leader, tackled the closing kilometre of a very technical 2016 time trial. 

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.