Nairo Quintana takes solo victory, Richie Porte extends GC lead at Tour de Suisse
Jun 15 2018 04:12 pm CET

Nairo Quintana takes solo victory, Richie Porte extends GC lead at Tour de Suisse
Nairo Quintana takes solo victory, Richie Porte extends GC lead at Tour de Suisse
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Movistar's Nairo Quintana has taken the victory at the seventh stage of the Tour de Suisse. A late attack gave the Colombian enough advantage to cross the finish line on his own.

The seventh day of racing in Switzerland featured a 170.5-kilometre long route that included one climb of the third category and a final climb on a hors category ascent. The stage started with an escape of 31 riders that included Greg Van Avermaet (BMC), Michael Albasini (Mitchelton-Scott), Michael Matthews (Sunweb), Joe Dombrowski (EF Education First) and Victor de la Parte (Movistar) among many others.

The front group lost most of its members in the last climb, leaving Dombrowski riding on his own. In the peloton, Nairo Quintana launched several attacks but was followed by other GC contenders like Richie Porte.

With around 14 kilometres to go, Quintana accelerated again and took a small group of riders with him, but left race leader Porte behind. Van Avermaet did a very strong job for his teammate and managed to reduce the gap with the front group led by the Colombian.

At 4 kilometres from the finish, Van Avermaet accelerated and took Porte with him. The Australian then took over and went away on his own leaving the rest of his group behind and overtaking some of the men that were in Quintana's group.

Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) bridged to Porte and the two of them continued the chase for Quintana who, by then, was riding alone. The Colombian managed to keep the advantage and crossed the finish line ahead of Fuglsang, who was second, and Porte, who was third.

The Australian keeps the GC lead while Quintana climbed to the second spot of the overall classification.






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