Renowned Colombian cyclist Nairo Quintana has confirmed his participation in the upcoming 2024 Tour Colombia 2.1, marking his return to the Movistar team. After four years, the cyclist is rejoining the team and is currently training in Spain in preparation for the event.
Movistar officially announced Quintana’s participation in the 2024 Tour Colombia through a video, showcasing the cyclist being completely focused on his training. In his statements, Nairo showed his commitment to the race and expressed his excitement about facing his first challenge in his homeland.
Nairo Quintana ready for the 2024 Tour Colombia
The Boyaca-born cyclist has shown happiness and satisfaction with his return to the team, emphasizing his passion for cycling and his undeniable connection with the bike, where he has invested a significant part of his life and feels fulfilled.
Once his training with the Spanish team concludes, Quintana will continue his individual preparation to arrive in optimal condition at the beginning of the season. His primary focus is to regain important points for himself and his team.
In his statements, Nairo emphasized that his participation in the Tour Colombia is not solely about seeking victory but about his motivation to regain the level he had before his previous challenges. The 33-year-old cyclist has not competed in a stage race since July 2022, following his disqualification from the Tour de France due to the presence of tramadol in his body.
Back with the Movistar team
This incident kept him away from competitions, but now, with the opportunity to compete again and under the Movistar banner, the team with which he achieved his greatest triumphs between 2012 and 2019, Quintana is determined to make the utmost effort to bring joy back to his followers and the team.
It is worth noting that the Movistar team, which Nairo Quintana is rejoining, includes prominent Colombian cyclists like Einer Rubio, Ivan Ramiro Sosa, and Fernando Gaviria. Quintana’s presence in the 2023 Tour Colombia is a highly anticipated milestone for his fans, who eagerly await the return of one of Colombia’s most representative cyclists to high-level competitions.