Quintana's Tour de la Provence victory the start of a promising season for Arkéa-Samsic

AIXENPROVENCE FRANCE FEBRUARY 16 Podium Alexey Lutsenko of Kazakhstan and Team Astana Pro Team Nairo Quintana of Colombia and Team Arka Samsic Multicolour Leader Jersey Aleksandr Vlasov of Russia and Team Astana Pro Team Celebration during the 5th Tour de La Provence 2020 Stage 4 a 1705km stage from Avignon to AixEnProvence TDLP letourdelaprovence TDLP2020 on February 16 2020 in AixEnProvence France Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
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Nairo Quintana took overall victory in the Tour de la Provence in the chilly boulevards of Aix-en-Provence to establish Arkéa-Samsic as a force to be reckoned with this season.

The rejuvenated Colombian has suddenly discovered a new passion for France, just it seems, as the French have for him. "He's one of cycling's greats," his team manager Emmanuel Hubert insisted. "And he's still around 15 per cent short of top form. There's more to come."

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