Nairo Quintana wins, Criterium du Dauphine 2012, stage six

Nairo Quintana, winner of the Tour de France's mountain
and young rider jersey, has renewed his contract for the next two years
with team Movistar.

Spanish website, Bici Ciclismo said that the

23-year-old Colombian confirmed the news yesterday morning ahead

of the Tour of Burgos' opening stage.

"It's what I always wanted," Quintana said. "I have very good

friends that help me to get the wins, the team in general...the

managers, the mechanics, the masseurs, the physiotherapists...It's a

very good structure."

After Burgos, Quintana said that he will race the Tour of Britain, Worlds and Lombardy.

Nibali's rough ride towards Vuelta a España

Giro d'Italia winner, Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) crashed yesterday in

Spain's Tour of Burgos and underlined his slow build-up to the Vuelta a

España and World Championships.

"Everybody on the team hit the deck, including me!" he wrote on Twitter. "The good thing is that Simone Ponzi won the stage."

Nibali finished without problems but the incident, however, added to

his rough build up to the Vuelta and Worlds. After winning the Giro

title at the end of May, he took two months off and spent his time

fulfilling sponsorship contracts. At the Tour of Poland,

his comeback race, he finished an hour behind overall winner Pieter

Weening (Orica-GreenEDGE).

"I'm not going to hide it, I expected him to be further along [in

fitness]," team manager, Giuseppe Martinelli told newspaper, La Gazzetta

dello Sport. "He let up too much after the Giro and when he got going

again too much time had already passed."

Martinelli and national coach, Paolo Bettini both said that they

remain confident that Nibali will reach his top form for the Vuelta and

at the end of September, the Worlds.

Nibali at the 2013 Tour of Poland

Beppu returns to Trek

Fumiyuki Beppu will leave team Orica-GreenEDGE and race for Trek next season, the team announced this morning.

"Japan has one of the strongest cycling communities in the world

and in Fumy we have one of the most celebrated Japanese riders in

history," Trek Sports Marketing Manager Simon Thompson said in a

statement. "Fumy is very well known to Trek and we are very

pleased to welcome him back to the Trek family with our exciting new


Beppu raced on Trek bicycles with Discovery Channel from 2005 to

2007 and with RadioShack from 2010 and 2011. Trek, which is taking over

RadioShack-Leopard's WorldTour licence for 2014, did not state the

duration of Beppu's contract.

Lotto signs Boeckmans

Lotto-Belisol announced today that Kris Boeckmans will switch from

Vacansoleil-DCM and join its team for the next two seasons. The Belgian

raced in Lotto's under 23 team as an amateur and improved, this year

sprinting to top tens in the Tour de France.

Last night, the team also announced it signed Belgian amateur and European under 23 champion, Sean De Bie for 2014 and 2015.


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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.