Astana not interested in signing Nairo Quintana, says Vinokourov

PARIS FRANCE SEPTEMBER 20 Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno of Colombia and Astana Pro Team Nairo Quintana Rojas of Colombia and Team Arkea Samsic during the 107th Tour de France 2020 Stage 21 a 122km stage from MantesLaJolie to Paris Champslyses TDF2020 LeTour on September 20 2020 in Paris France Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Quintana rides alongside Miguel Angel López at the 2020 Tour de France. Alexandre Vinokourov has ruled out the chance of them becoming teammates next season (Image credit: Tim de WaeleGetty Images)

The Astana Qazaqstan team team have denied any interest in signing Nairo Quintana for 2023 after the Colombian abruptly left Arkéa-Samsic as a consequence of his tramadol positives at the Tour de France

Astana Qazaqstan has Miguel Angel López as team leader for Grand Tours but with Vincenzo Nibali retiring, the team was considered the best option for Quintana. However team manager Alexandre Vinokourov made it clear to Cyclingnews that the Kazakhstani team is not interested in signing Quintana.

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Stephen Farrand
Head of News

Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.