Summit meeting: Nairo Quintana looks to continue sequence at Mont Ventoux Dénivelé Challenge

Tour de la Provence 2020 - 5th Edition - 3rd stage Istres - Mont Ventoux/Chalet Reynard 140,2 km - 15/02/2020 - Nairo Quintana (COL - Team Arkea Samsic) - photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2020
Nairo Quintana wins on Mont Ventoux at the 2020 Tour de la Provence (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

It was on the slopes of Mont Ventoux in February that Nairo Quintana offered the first firm indication that his move to Ark­éa-Samsic might herald something of a reboot. The Colombian soloed clear to win at Chalet Reynard and seal overall victory at the Tour de la Provence, before adding equally dominant mountain-top wins at the Col d'Eze and La Colmiane, at the Tour des Alpes Maritimes and Paris-Nice, respectively, in the weeks that followed.

Quintana returns to the slopes of 'The Giant of Provence' on Thursday for his first competitive outing since the season was halted by the COVID-19 pandemic, lining up as the marquee attraction at the second edition of the Mont Ventoux Dénivelé Challenge.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.

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