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.
wanted me to conquer the KOM jersey, which was always essential to us Colombian riders. What happened today makes me really confident and willing to work and give it a try. I want to take advantage from this moment to salute another Colombian who won this jersey in the Tour and is now at home, recovering after his accident in the 2011 Tour de Suisse: Mauricio Soler. He told me he would take care of me from there, and this victory is dedicated to him; best wishes of full recovery, my friend, you're an inspiration for me to keep going." ibi
In the overall, Froome leads Quintana by 5:03 and Rodriguez by 5:47. There is one last thing to fight for--victory on the Champs Elysees. Stage 21, a 133.5-km run from Versailles to Paris, will end with the traditional sprint. Who will take it? Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step)? Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano)? Check in at www.roadcycling.com and find out!
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