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Quintana wins Tour de Colombia stage 6
18 February 2019
Quintana wins Tour de Colombia stage 6

Colombian climber from Movistar Team conquests his first 2019 victory.

Another finish in style. Just as it happened at the final day of the 2018 Tour Colombia in Manizales, a Movistar Team rider crossed the finish line raising his arms victorious at the end of a big mountain. Nairo Quintana conquered yet another prestigious climb, seven months after his victory atop the Col du Portet in the Tour de France, and took the honours in the Alto de las Palmas, end of the Queen stage in the Latin American event.

Quintana, atop on his Canyon fully equipped Campagnolo, launched up to four attacks inside the last 7km of the climb, the first of which helped him reach team-mate Winner Anacona, who had set up the perfect scenario for him to move with a previous acceleration 10km before the end. The final selection, with Nairo alongside Egan Bernal, Iván Sosa and Miguel Ángel López , was nearly ruined with 3km to go as a spectator running alongside the riders fell down just before Sosa and Quintana, who had to put a foot to the ground as López flew past. Despite Sosa and López leaving Nairo behind with 2km remaining, the lack of cooperation between them helped the 'Cóndor of Boyacá' bridge back again and launch a final acceleration to notch up his 40th UCI win, the 37th since he landed in the WorldTour with the Movistar Team in 2012 and his first in Colombia as a pro.

 

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