23 July 2022

Tour de France (Stage 20), Nairo Quintana 6th overall

At the end of the last stage of the Tour, Nairo Quintana is 6th in the overall classification of the Tour, before the last stage of Paris tomorrow, where the Arkéa-Samsic team will have ambitions with its sprinters.

 

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Maxime Bouet

 

On the line

 

I will finish my 9th Tour de France with a broken rib, and a spot of bronchitis since a few days, but the Tour is a race that cannot be abandoned. As a rider, you throw all your strength into finishing this event and riding this final stage on the Champs-Élysées, which always brings unforgettable memories. Tonight, Nairo is 6th in the general classification of the Tour, which is a remarkable performance for him and the whole Arkéa-Samsic team”.

Nairo Quintana

“Last year was horrible for me in the Tour, especially in the mountain stages, but this year the team and I made the best possible planning so that I could arrive in the best possible condition for the biggest race in the world. I have been fighting with the best in the mountains this summer and tonight I am 6th in the Tour which was the fastest in history. I have been fighting for the podium for a long time and that is what I want to remember about this 2022 edition”.

Yvon Ledanois, Sport-director

The debrief’

“We continue to write the history of the Arkéa-Samsic team. 6th tonight in the general classification of the Tour de France on the eve of the finish in Paris, that’s good news. I am also thinking about all of Nairo’s team-mates who have done a superb job alongside him for three weeks. I would almost say that for Nairo it is not a surprise to achieve such a performance because we know his qualities. His team-mates had the chance to discover what a leader is and to realize a leader on the Tour during this Tour 2022. Now we have one more stage to go, the one on the Champs-Élysées tomorrow, I still have some good cards with my sprinters but not only… I think that Nairo tomorrow will try to take the sprint to them. I am satisfied because it is a team work, a collective result and the cohesion took and that is the most important factor for me”.

Riders

Maxime Bouet
Nairo Quintana