A wildcard for Arkea-Samsic means Tour de France heavyweight Nairo Quintana is set to race in the 2020 edition
Nairo Quintana is in line to compete in this year’s Tour de France after Arkea-Samsic were given a wildcard spot.
The Colombian is a two-time runner-up at the Tour, most recently in 2015, and has won both the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a Espana.
Quintana moved to the France-based Arkea-Samsic team from Movistar ahead of the new season, having spent eight years with his previous employers.
The 29-year-old’s new team includes Frenchman Warren Barguil, who won the mountain classification at the 2017 Tour, and three-time points classification runner-up Andre Greipel.
Equipes #ParisNice 2020
Les équipes sélectionnées pour #ParisNice 2020:
Les 19 UCI WorldTeams.
L’équipe @TDE_ProCycling , première au classement UCI ProTeams 2019.
— Paris-Nice (@ParisNice) January 7, 2020
This year’s edition begins in Nice on June 27, concluding with the processional final stage in Paris on July 19, with Team INEOS’ Egan Bernal out to defend his title.