'Nairo Quintana wanted a team with new challenges and can still win Tour de France' says Arkéa-Samsic boss

The Colombian is leaving Movistar after eight years with the Spanish squad

Nairo Quintana (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

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At the end of 2019 Nairo Quintana will leave Movistar to join Arkéa-Samsic, and the manager of his new team says the Colombian's move was due to a need for a fresh start that would present new challenges, while also claiming he is still a real contender for the Tour de France.

Movistar was Quintana's first and only European team, who the 29-year-old won two Grand Tours with, but confusion over internal struggles surrounding team leadership roles have marred his last three Tours de France since his podium finish in 2016.

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