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Quintana wins Vuelta stage 2
25 August 2019
Quintana wins Vuelta stage 2

The rider from team Movistar conquests a fantastic victory.

The intelligence and talent of Nairo Quintana floated back to the surface once again as he made all the right moves into the final section of a demanding stage two in La Vuelta 2019, 200km from Benidorm to Calpe, with the steep Puig Llorença as decisive point, to take the day's win and reassert his condition as one of the biggest contenders of the race. The Movistar team hard work was visible up to the foot of the last climb, with Arcas, Erviti and Oliveira protecting Quintana and Alejandro Valverde, who showed great legs with several accelerations towards the top of the hill. After the summit, and from a front split only consisting of about 20 riders, Nairo jumped off the front together with Urán, Roche, Nieve, Roglic and Aru, leaving behind the other favourites and building a 40" gap. With 3km to go, the front group started to think about the stage win, the exact moment when Quintana launched his final attack.

The acceleration by the 'Cóndor of Boyacá', 3km from the end, left his breakaway companions behind and served him as launchpad for his 8th Grand Tour stage win, as well as the Movistar Team's 20th victory in 2019 and a significant improvement in the overall standings: Nairo is now 2nd in the GC, just 2" behind Nicolas Roche.

Nairo Quintana's Canyon Ultimate CF SLX is equipped with Campagnolo Super Record electronic groupset 12S and with Campagnolo Bora Ultra 35 full carbon wheels.

 

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