Astana and Ag2r Citroën emerge as potential destinations for Quintana

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The day after Nairo Quintana’s departure from Arkéa-Samsic following his double positive with Tramadol, Astana-Qazaqstan and Ag2r Citroën emerged as potential destinations.

An extension of the Colombian’s switch to Arkéa-Samsic was announced in the days before his Tour de France Tramadol positives were revealed, but L’Équipe reports that nothing has been officially signed between the rider and the team. , easily allowing both parties to leave afterwards. their separate ways.

The 32-year-old is therefore a free agent, and the French newspaper also reports that the two favorites for his signature are Astana-Qazaqstan and Ag2r Citroën.

This would see Quintana racing for a WorldTour outfit once again after three years with a ProTeam squad.

In his announcement of his departure from Arkéa-Samsic, Quintana reiterated his claim that he “never used [Tramadol] in his career” and his case is still being examined by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Since the news of his departure from the French team broke, rumors have started circulating that another French-speaking team are interested in signing him, which appears to be Ag2r Citroën. Astana-Qazaqstan are also in contention and are a team that would be a perfect fit, given their propensity to aim for Grand Tours with climbers at the helm.

Arkéa-Samsic currently only has 15 riders signed for next year and Quintana’s departure frees up even more budget to play with.

Quintana aside, Mark Cavendish is still the hottest free agent on the market, but it’s not clear yet if Arkéa-Samsic might be interested. The revamped B&B Hotels team, with Carrefour as main sponsor, is still leading the way in signing the British sprinter. But in light of Quintana’s departure, Arkéa-Samsic would also make sense for Manx as they now need a new star driver, not to mention the lack of top names still available without a contract.

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