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Colombia’s two-time Grand Tour winner Nairo Quintana has signed a three-year contract to ride for Arkea-Samsic, the ambitious French team announced on Monday.

The 29-year-old, leading the ongoing Vuelta a Espana overall standings, will see out this season with Movistar, the Spanish outfit he joined in 2012, before switching stables.

“Nairo is one of the global stars of our sport, and a galactic star in South America,” Arkea-Samsic’s general manager Emmanuel Hubert told a press conference.

Colombia’s most decorated cyclist, the winner of the 2014 Giro d’Italia and Vuelta two years later, will assume co-leader responsibilities with current French road race champion Warren Barguil.

Quintana was 8th at the 2019 Tour de France while Barguil came 10th.

By Ian Dei

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