Nairo Quintana will, once again, start his season at the Tour San Luis in January, an event which he won in 2014.
The Colombian’s win in Argentina set him up perfectly for an assault on the Giro d’Italia, coming away with the pink winner jersey in May.
The 25-year-old will return to South America to defend his crown in San Luis, although with the Tour de France in his sights, Quintana may not be in the same early-season shape as this year.
“It is really important for Argentinian and American supporters [that I race there] because they identify themselves with me. They are proud of me and I feel happy and flattered,” he said.
Movistar manager Eusebio Unzue admitted the rest of Quintana’s race programme is still to be decided, but confirmed his main target will be July’s Tour de France.
“The rest of his programme is not yet confirmed,” says Unzúe, “but after having won the Giro he only rode the Vuelta a Burgos and some stages of La Vuelta and we think that he must start to ride soon, but with caution because the goal is in July.”
San Luis organisers also confirmed that Michal Kwiatkowski, Mark Cavendish, Thomas Voeckler, Filippo Pozatto and Dani Moreno will also race in January.
Thank you for reading 5 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access
Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1
*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription
Join now for unlimited access
Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1
Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.
Driver who allegedly hit Davide Rebellin before fleeing the scene, located in Germany
After a manhunt for the driver, 62-year-old man located in Germany
By Tom Thewlis • Published
“There is absolutely no reason why capable young women should be starting behind 70-year-old men”
In a recent petition on Change.org, female bike racers call for change in the Sea Otter Classic's gravel and xc mountain bike events
By Anne-Marije Rook • Published
Nairo Quintana says 'keep calm', he’s got a team for next season
The Colombian has been rumoured with a number of WorldTour teams
By Tom Davidson • Published
AG2R Citroën deny interest in signing Nairo Quintana
Options are running out for the Colombian, as is time
By Adam Becket • Published
Nairo Quintana withdraws from Vuelta a España: 'I will assert my reasons before the Court of Arbitration for Sport'
The UCI announced the Colombian had tested positive for tramadol twice at the Tour de France, and has been retroactively disqualified
By Ryan Dabbs • Published