22nd September 2020

Press release from Nairo Quintana

Regarding the latest events, I want to clarify the following:

The French Gendarmerie carried out an operation in the hotel where my team was staying on Wednesday, 16 September in Méribel, after the Tour de France stage was over. That day, the authorities entered my room and seized perfectly legal vitamin supplements, although perhaps unfamiliar to the French authorities. This is the main reason why it takes time for everything that happened to be fully clarified.

For the avoidance of doubt, I want to confirm that doping substances were never found. I also want to clear up a misunderstanding: during the recent Tour nor during any previous race have I ever consulted auxiliary or foreign personnel from the team. I have and never have had anything to hide.

Yesterday, after being summoned by the French authorities, and voluntarily, I appeared before the prosecution and answered each and every one of their questions clearly and with a clear conscience. In that sense, it is necessary to emphasise that I have not been subject to any accusation by the authorities. For my part, I am and will be ready to clarify any doubts of the prosecution, as I did on Monday and today.

I, Nairo Quintana, have been a clean rider throughout my sporting life and have an impeccable biological passport. I want to clarify to the public, my fans and cycling followers that never in my entire career – junior, under-23 and professional – have I used illegal substances to improve my sporting performance and that betray the principles of sport.

For now, a preliminary investigation is being developed and I have answered all the questions and doubts. I am willing to continue doing so on a voluntary basis until this whole situation is clarified on the basis indicated: I have never used doping substances and no illegal substance was found in the police investigation. I, without fear, will continue to be strong, defend the truth and follow my path, no matter how much the crowd, at times, takes another course.

Your friend:

Nairo Quintana

• This statement was originally published via Twitter on 22 September 2020. You can view the original below, or by clicking here.

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