[QODLink]
Cycling

Colombian Quintana wins his first Tour stage

Sky rider Chris Froome is virtually assured of Tour de France triumph as Quintana races to penultimate stage win.

Last Modified: 20 Jul 2013 16:27
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Quintana of Colombia, in the best young rider's white jersey, crosses the line to win 20th stage [AP]

Britain's Chris Froome virtually secured overall victory in the 100th Tour de France Saturday after a 20th and penultimate stage won by Colombian climbing specialist Nairo Quintana.

Ahead of Sunday's final stage from Versailles to Paris, which is usually only disputed by the spinters, Froome defended his significant overnight lead over his rivals on the final day in the mountains.

"I think in terms of the general classification we can say it's done," said the Kenyan-born Briton, who will succeed compatriot and teammate Bradley Wiggins as the race champion.

Tomorrow will be a day for the sprinters on the Champs Elysees, and that suits me fine

Chris Froome, soon-to-be Tour de France winner

"Tomorrow will be a day for the sprinters on the Champs Elysees, and that suits me fine."

Spain's Alberto Contador, second overnight, fell off the pace on the final 10.3 km climb to Annecy-Semnoz and fell to fourth overall at 7min 10sec behind Froome.

Contador's inability to follow the pace in the final five kilometres of the climb left Froome, Quintana and Joaquim Rodriguez to forge on ahead and dispute the stage victory.

Froome tested his rivals with a short burst of acceleration but the Team Sky leader could not respond when Quintana pulled ahead inside the last two kilometres.

Quintana went on to cross the finish line alone to claim his maiden stage win on his race debut, moving up to second overall at 5:03 behind Froome, a day before the final in Paris.

"It's amazing to achieve this but a lot of it comes down to the work of the team," said Quintana.

"We wanted to finish the race with a stage win for me and I knew today I had a chance to finish second overall."

Rodriguez came over the line 17sec adrift, but the Katusha team leader's efforts moved him up to third overall at 5:47 behind Froome.

The race ends with the 21st stage on Sunday when Froome is virually guaranteed to become the second Briton, after teammate Bradley Wiggins last year, to win the world's biggest bike race.

370

Source:
Al Jazeera and agencies
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Featured on Al Jazeera
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Israel's Operation Protective Edge is the third major offensive on the Gaza Strip in six years.
Muslims and Arabs in the US say they face discrimination in many areas of life, 13 years after the 9/11 attacks.
At one UN site alone, approximately four children below the age of five are dying each day.

Featured
More than fifty years of an armed struggle for independence from Spain might be coming to an end in the Basque Country.
After the shooting-down of flight MH17, relatives ask what the carrier has learned from still-missing MH370.
Human rights and corporate responsibility prompt a US church to divest from companies doing business with Israel.
Afghan militias have accumulated a lengthy record of human-rights abuses, including murders and rapes.
Growing poverty is strengthening a trend among UK Muslims to fund charitable work closer to home.
join our mailing list