9.10.2016

La Vuelta 20 - Nairo Quintana: "Froome is my biggest rival, and I thank him for making my victory more valuable"

Nairo Quintana:
“Obviously, I was going quite strong into that final climb, but it wasn’t easy for me only because it looked so on TV when I was alongside Froome. It was easy because my team made things easy for me all day. They brought me into Aitana fully safe and confident, defended me from all attacks from all teams, especiall Sky in the beginning of the stage - they were all phenomenal, from first to last, a marvellous Vuelta from the whole group which I can’t thank them enough for. This is a tribute to them, and also to José Joaquín Rojas. We want him to recover to 100% and get on his bike again as quickly as possible.
Froome started attacking from very early into the stage, as he already did on the downhill of the Coll de Rates. However, we always kept full focus, and at that final climb I did not find any troubles to defend myself from all his moves. He’s a strong contender, rode an impressive TT yesterday, made me struggle - he’s my biggest rival, and I thank him for making my victory more valuable.

RESULTS
STAGE

1 Pierre-Roger Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 5:19:41
2 Darwin Atapuma (Col) BMC Racing Team 0:00:02
3 Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:17
4 Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling 0:00:40
5 Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:01:03
6 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:01:28
7 Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:02:02
8 Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie 0:03:01
9 Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-BikeExchange 0:03:17
10 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 0:04:03
11 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 0:04:05
12 Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-Drapac 0:04:34
13 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff Team 0:04:41
14 Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-BikeExchange 0:05:04
15 David De La Cruz (Spa) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:05:10
16 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:05:28
17 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:05:38
18 Benjamin King (USA) Cannondale-Drapac 0:05:49
19 Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha 0:05:53
20 Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:05:58
...
DNS Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team
DNF Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team
GC
1 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 80:42:36
2 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 0:01:23
3 Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-BikeExchange 0:04:08
4 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff Team 0:04:21
5 Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-Drapac 0:07:43
6 Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-BikeExchange 0:08:33
7 David De La Cruz (Spa) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:11:18
8 Daniel Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team 0:13:04
9 Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac 0:13:17
10 George Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:14:07
11 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:15:33
12 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:15:57
13 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:18:22
14 Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:19:10
15 Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha 0:22:05
16 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:29:37
17 Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale 0:36:30
18 Sergio Pardilla (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:38:13
19 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek-Segafredo 0:40:29
20 Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ 0:42:01
POINTS
1 Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 100 pts
2 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 97
3 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 93
MOUNTAIN
1 Omar Fraile (Spa) Dimension Data 58 pts
2 Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ 57
3 Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 37
COMBINATION
1 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 8 pts
2 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 17
3 Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ 33
TEAM
1 BMC Racing Team 241:21:47
2 Movistar Team 0:04:43
3 Cannondale-Drapac 0:22:44
4 Team Katusha 0:35:19
5 AG2R La Mondiale 0:35:30
6 Astana Pro Team 0:56:22
7 Etixx - Quick-Step 1:04:57
8 IAM Cycling 1:08:38
9 Tinkoff Team 1:23:50
10 Orica-BikeExchange 1:33:00
11 Team Sky 1:45:02
12 Lotto Soudal 1:45:31
13 Cofidis, Solutions Credits 1:50:15
14 Trek-Segafredo 2:02:03
15 Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 3:51:59
16 Team LottoNl-Jumbo 4:04:33
17 Lampre - Merida 4:18:18
18 Dimension Data 5:26:17
19 Bora-Argon 18 5:43:20
20 FDJ 6:06:22
21 Direct Energie 6:10:19
22 Team Giant-Alpecin 6:19:34

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