Nairo Quintana says he's not retiring. What next?

The Colombian, let go by Arkéa-Samsic last year, is still without a team, but wants to race on

Nairo Quintana at the 2022 Tour de France
(Image credit: Tim de Waele / Getty)

Nairo Quintana stood up on Wednesday, in front of the world’s media, and stressed that he will not be retiring, that he still loves cycling, and that he has always been a clean rider. He wants to continue racing. There is one problem: he does not have a team, and might never find one.

This feels like the biggest flaw in the 32-year-old's plan to carry on in the sport. There had been mounting speculation that Quintana would announce that he was leaving professional cycling at the press conference he called; what else would it be, given he does not have a team? Team after team has denied interest, and as Rui Costa was on the attack in the Challenge Mallorca, he stood up to speak. This had to be it.

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Adam Becket
News editor

Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.