Arkéa-Samsic prepare for key 2020 season with Quintana and Bouhanni

Nairo Quintana will make the switch to Arkea in 2020 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Nearly fifteen years have come and gone since the Breton squad Bretagne-Jean Floc'h took its first, very cautious, steps in professional cycling in 2005. But, while developing a solid reputation as a middle-ranking French Pro Conti squad since then, there can be no doubt that the team, now known as Arkéa-Samsic, is moving into a whole new ball game in 2020 with the arrival of two headline signings, Nacer Bouhanni and Nairo Quintana.

It's true that André Griepel, after a fleeting and lacklustre single year's appearance in Arkéa-Samsic colours in 2019, has moved on. And Warren Barguil has provided a timely reminder of his talent with a victory in the French Nationals and tenth in the Tour despite injuries blighting his first half of the season.

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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.