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Nairo Quintana has no intention of retiring: “I am an honest runner, and always have been”

Euskaraz irakurri: Nairo Quintanak ez du erretiroa hartzeko asmorik: “Txirrindulari zintzoa naiz, beti izan naiz horrelakoa”

The Colombian cyclist Nairo Quintana has denied this Wednesday the “speculations” about his possible withdrawalafter being disqualified from the last Tour de France by the International Cycling Union (UCI) for a positive test for tramadol, and has assured that it is, and “always” has been, an “honest” broker, so it will continue “until the body and mind resist.” In a press conference offered in Bogotá (Colombia), Quintana announced that he is waiting to get a team to continue competing in the most important races in the world, although he has admitted that there is a “rarefied environment” and that he faces a “wall” that makes it difficult for him to achieve his goal.

“I am very nervous. A true cyclist does not give up in the face of adversity. The life of a cyclist, regardless of whether he is a leader, gregarious or a member of a ‘World Tour’ team, is a symbol of struggle. We are fighters, and all of us, without Regardless of our achievements, we have dedicated a large part of our existence to fighting against adversity. I am no exception; I consider myself a fighter”, Quintana said.

The 32-year-old rider, winner of the 2016 Vuelta a España and the 2014 Giro d’Italia, thanked his family, his teammates and his coaches for their support: “I’m in very good shape to continue, I don’t I give up and move on. I will continue fighting to compete and continue on the bike until my body and my mind resist. I am an honest runner, always have been. In my more than 260 anti-doping controls in the last ten years, I have not had any problems. Since I have been a professional, I have respected the rules and competed with integrity, honoring fair play”, Quintana stressed vehemently, who is in a moment of “uncertainty”.

Quintana still does not have a team to return to competition, but he has insisted that he continues to prepare to “give his best on the road.” The cyclist was found guilty of infringing the UCI Medical Regulations due to the presence of the substance tramadol in competition, when he was competing with the Arkéa Samsic team, and was sanctioned with disqualification from the 2022 Tour de France, in which he finished sixth in overall and was second in the stage that ended in the Granon.

Source: Eitb


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