Nairo Quintana will restart season at Mont Ventoux one–day race

The field just got a bit stronger with the addition of the Colombian climbing star

Nairo Quintana (Photo by Luc Claessen/Getty Images)
(Image credit: Getty Images)

Nairo Quintana will make his return to the peloton at the Mont Ventoux one-day race, his team have confirmed.

The Colombian climbing star looked dominant early in 2020 as he won two out of three French stage races before the UCI suspended all events.

Quintana (Arkéa-Samsic) will now be restarting his season on August 6 at the Mont Ventoux Denivelé Challenges, a climber’s one-day race that has caught the attention of the fans.

The brutal race, which made its debut on the cycling calendar last year, takes the peloton to the summit of the iconic Mont Ventoux climb in the Provence region of France.

The 2020 edition is quickly gathering a star-studded line-up, with Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) and Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale) also schedule to race the 182km race.

Last season, Jesús Herrada (Cofidis) and Bardet  (Ag2r La Mondiale) went head to head on the slopes of Ventoux as the race landed in the cycling calendar with a bang.

But after Herrada took the victory by just nine seconds over the Frenchman, both riders will return for the 2020 edition, scheduled to run on Thursday, August 6.

The second edition of the race features as twist, as the peloton will ascend Mont Ventoux twice before the finish.

Riders will travel to the lower point of Chalet Reynard mid-way through the race, before heading to the classic summit after 182km of racing.

Starting from Vaison-la-Romaine, the racer heads over the Cols de Fontaube and Sault before the peloton hits the Bédoin ascent of Ventoux twice.

Quintana will be looking to pick up where he left off earlier this year, having already won five times in 2020.

His first victory came at the Tour de la Provence in February, where he claimed the Mont Ventoux/Chalet Reynard stage and took the overall.

He followed immediately with a stage victory and overall honours in the Tour des Alpes-Maritimes et du Var.

Quintana then took the final stage of Paris-Nice, the last race before the calendar was suspended.

>>> Mathieu van der Poel and his team pull out of first race due to coronavirus spike 

His 2020 schedule is now built around the Tour de France, as he is expected to head from Ventoux to the Tour de l’Ain, the Critérium du Dauphiné before the Tour stars in Nice on August 29.

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

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.