Colombian wins atop Col du Portet climbing onto 5th overall.
The Cóndor of Boyacá just made his legend even bigger. Five years and five days after raising his arms victorious in Annecy, while still wearing the white jersey as top under-26 competitor of the race, Nairo Quintana, 28 years old, claimed honours at Wednesday’s second Pyrenees stage of the 2018 Tour de France, a short, 65km route with three big climbs where the Cómbita-born rider bested all overall classification contenders. Repeating the action which took him onto success just over a month ago at the Queen stage of the Tour de Suisse in Arosa, Quintana attacked from the foot of the last ascent, continuing excellent pacing from Marc Soler to make things harder for his rivals in the GC peloton.
Nairo continued to overtake riders and found vital support on his way to victory by Alejandro Valverde, part of the early break with Soler and launching the Colombian’s pace once again to leave him at the front of the race with 9km to go, with the only company of Rafal Majka. With a gap always around one minute Quintana, atop on his Canyon bike fully equipped Campagnolo, maintained a steady pace as well as imposing, taking the better from Majka with 6km remaining and staying thirty seconds ahead of Dan Martin, who had anticipated Nairo’s move and always was his nearest pursuit within the GC contenders.
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