Nairo Quintana withdraws from the Tour of Spain after his disqualification in the Tour

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Colombian cyclist Nairo Quintana has withdrawn from the Vuelta a España, which starts on Friday, after his Tour de France results were annulled after testing positive for the banned substance tramadol, the 32 year old athlete.

Quintana, winner of the Giro d’Italia in 2014 and the Vuelta a España in 2016, who finished sixth overall at last month’s Tour, was disqualified on Wednesday after analysis of two dried blood samples revealed the presence of tramadol and its two main metabolites.

Quintana, who rides for the Arkea-Samsic team, had said after the tramadol news that he intended to ride in the Vuelta. But he posted a video on Instagram in which he retracted his decision even though he was still able to compete.

“A few hours have passed and I have been able to reflect during the night and, right now, I have no head and my body is not ready for the competition,” said Quintana, who will fight his case at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (TAS, for its acronym). in French).

Tramadol, a pain medication, is prohibited by the medical regulations of the International Cycling Union (UCI) and is restricted only in competition. Its use is not considered an anti-doping violation. Quintana has denied using it.

“Although yesterday I had said that I was going to do the Vuelta a España, I still am not in conditions. I prefer to return home, organize and prepare my defense,” said Quintana.

“On the notification that I received yesterday, I will be working during these 10 days to show that I have no problem and we will see each other again in the next competitions”.

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