Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

August 18, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: Gautier wins stage three of the Tour du Limousin; Former Olympic champion Samuel Sánchez fails anti-doping test; Sánchez: ‘I’m about to retire. Why would I do this?’; Quintana dismisses suggestions he could leave Movistar; Woods leads Cannondale-Drapac in Vuelta a España; Team Sky announces signings of Jonathan Castroviejo and David de la Cruz; Australian sprinter Perkins granted Russian citizenship by Putin; Winder, Mannion lead USA Cycling Pro Road Tour; Alberto Contador Foundation and Trek-Segafredo to set up Continental development team; Video: Cycling Motivation – Never Give Up; Video: Ferda Girls (Humble Parody)

Quintana dismisses suggestions he could leave Movistar

by VeloClub

Quashing rumours that he was set to leave the Movistar Team after reported disagreement this year, Nairo Quintana has made clear that he will see out his contract there. The Colombian rider clarified the situation in a tweet issued on Wednesday.

“My next commitment will be to represent Colombia in the world champioships at Bergen2017,” he stated. “In 2018 I will go with the Movistar team to the Tour.”

Quintana surprised many when he said he would ride both the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France this year. Many others have tried and failed to be at their best in both races in recent years, including Cadel Evans and Alberto Contador. Indeed, the last person to achieve the double was Marco Pantani back in 1998.

Quintana didn’t appear to be at his best in the Giro but finished second behind Tom Dumoulin. In the Tour he was far off his usual level and had to be happy with 12th overall. During the French race his father expressed frustration with the team, saying that they were burning out his son by forcing him to do both races.

That plus the recent confirmation that Mikel Landa will move to the team fuelled speculation that Quintana could break his contract and leave earlier than expected, but he appears to have dismissed such talk now.