Nairo Quintana takes solo victory at Tour de France, Geraint Thomas remains in Yellow
Jul 25 2018 11:44 pm CET

Nairo Quintana takes solo victory at Tour de France, Geraint Thomas remains in Yellow
Nairo Quintana takes solo victory at Tour de France, Geraint Thomas remains in Yellow
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Nairo Quintana (Movistar) has won the 17th stage of the Tour de France. The Colombian attacked at the last climb and crossed the finish line 28 seconds ahead of Dan Martin.

The 17th stage was set to be groundbreaking in the history of the race with its start grid and a length of only 65 kilometres. But the reality was less spectacular and the start didn't make any difference, which was shown by the peloton getting compact a few metres later.

At the start of the race, 20 riders took the lead and built a gap with the peloton. The group that included riders like Tanel Kangert, Pierre Rolland, Simon Geschke, Adam Yates, Marc Soler, Alejandro Valverde, Julian Alaphilippe, Rafal Majka, Bauke Mollema and Thomas De Gendt, among others, took an advantage of more than two minutes over the pack.

During the climb of the Montee de Peyragudes, Kangert attacked and Nicolas Edet, Alaphilippe and Kristijan Durasek, went on to chase him. Edet couldn't hold the rhythm and dropped from the trio while the other two got to the front of the race.

Behind, Team Sky took control of the pack for most of the first two ascents, with the exception of Pierre Latour (AG2R La Mondiale) and Soler, who tried to increase the pace but without serious consequences.

During the last ascent of the day of the Col du Portet, Kangert dropped Alaphilippe and in the peloton, Dan Martin made a move and was followed by Nairo Quintana. Moments later, the Colombian changed the pace again and left Martin behind.

With around 13 kilometres to go, Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) attacked and was followed by Chris Froome (Sky). Behind, the group of favourites was led by Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) to try to close the gap with the other two.

A few kilometres later, the group caught Roglic and Froome while around 30 seconds ahead, Quintana got to Valverde and Majka and the three of them rode together for a moment. Later on the climb, Valverde finished his job of setting the rhythm and Quintana and Majka went on together, reaching Kangert and then leaving him behind.

At around six kilometres to go, Majka couldn't hold the pace of Quintana and got dropped. At the back, Steven Kruisjwijk made a move but was soon reeled back in while Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) dropped from the group.

Roglic attacked again with three kilometres remaining and took Geraint Thomas (Sky) with him but this adventure was very short and they were soon reeled back in by the rest. The next one to attack was Dumoulin and the change of pace left Froome struggling behind.

Moments later, Roglic attacked again and Thomas and Dumoulin followed him, leaving all the others behind. In front, Quintana took his second stage victory at the Tour de France, Martin was second and Thomas was third.

The Welshman kept the GC lead and Dumoulin moves to second place.






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