Quintana Climbs to Victory in Stage 20 of Tour de France

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07/20/2013| 0 comments
by Gerald Churchill
Nairo Quintana wins stage 20 of Tour de France 2013 A.S.O.

Quintana Climbs to Victory in Stage 20 of Tour de France

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) has won Stage 20 in the Tour de France and obtained second place on the podium in Paris. The Colombian surged away from Chris Froome (Sky) in the last km to win the mountainous, 125-km ride from from Annecy to Annecy/Semnoz in 3:39:04. Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) finished second at 0:18, and Froome took third at 0:29. Froome is the maillot jaune and is poised to win the race when it ends in Paris tomorrow.

 Nairo Quintana (Movistar) has won Stage 20 in the Tour de France and obtained second place on the podium in Paris. The Colombian surged away from Chris Froome (Sky) in the last km to win the mountainous, 125-km ride from from Annecy to Annecy/Semnoz in 3:39:04. Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) finished second at 0:18, and Froome took third at 0:29. Froome is the maillot jaune and is poised to win the race when it ends in Paris tomorrow.

Pierre Rolland (Europcar) attacked in the first km, and Jens Voigt (RadioShack-Leopard), Marcus Burghardt (BMC), and Juan Antonio Flecha (Vacansoleil-DCM) joined him. Behind, a chase group formed. It consisted of Igor Anton and Mikel Astarloza (both from Euskaltel-Euskadi), Cyril Gautier (Europcar), Christophe Riblon (Ag2r-La Mondiale), Pavel Brutt (Katusha), and Simon Clarke (Orica-GreenEdge). At 14 km, with the Movistar-led peloton at 1:30, the two groups merged.

On the Category 3 Col des Pres, Rolland nearly rode Anton off of the road when the two were racing for King of the Mountains points. At this point (51 km), the escapees were 1:21 ahead of the peloton. On the descent, the gap narrowed to 0:45, but at the base of the Category 1 Mont Revard, the fugitives led the bunch by 1:55.

At the base of Mont Revard, Voigt, who might be riding his last Tour de France, attacked. When the peloton reached the base, BMC men Philippe Gilbert and Tejay van Garderen jumped from the peloton and bridged up to the chase group. Brutt and Anton set out after Voigt, while Astarloza and Flecha were dropped. Gilbert and van Garderen caught Burghardt, and Alexis Vuillermoz (Sojasun) joined the trio. At the summit, Voigt led Anton by 0:38, with Rolland, Riblon, van Garderen, Gilbert, and the remains of the break at 2:10. The chasers caught Anton on the descent, but Voigt led them by 1:40 with 25 km left.

Movistar picked up the pace with 25 km remaining and the peloton at 3:12. Twelve km later, Sky took over at the front. At the base of the climb to the finish, Voigt was 1:08 ahead of the peloton, which was 0:20 behind van Garderen, Rolland, and Vuillermoz.

Stage 19 winner Rui Costa (Movistar) joined Sky in the pacemaking. The maillot jaune group shelled riders and reeled in the van Garderen group. With nine km to go, Costa’s teammate Alejandro Valverde took over from Costa. At this point, the maillot jaune group consisted of Valverde and Quintana, Froome and Richie Porte (both from Sky), Alberto Contador and Roman Kreuziger (both from Saxo Bank-Tinkoff), and Rodriguez. Voigt led the group by 0:15, but less than a km later, the heads of state passed him.

Rodriguez attacked, and initially, only Quintana joined him. Eventually, Froome joined the pair and mounted an attack of his own. The two clawed their ways to his wheel. With seven km left, Contador was at 0:22, with Kreuziger at 0:33. A group containing the other GC contenders was more than a minute behind the maillot jaune group.

With five km left, Contador was more than

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