The rider from Team Movistar leads Tirreno-Adriatico GC.
Quintana replaced the extraordinary, explosive style he showed by letting his rivals behind with an only attack in 2015, and chose to tear his rivals apart, one by one, with a series of accelerations in the final kilometers. One way or another, Nairo Quintana fulfilled expectations to take the GC lead in Tirreno-Adriatico on top of the Monte Terminillo. The Colombian, atop on his Canyon equipped with Campagnolo Super Record EPS electronic grouspet and with Campagnolo Bora Ultra 35 full carbon wheels, got full support from an excellent telephone squad: kept safe by Oliveira, Dowsett, Bennati and Sütterlin all the way towards the decisive, final 16km climb, climbers Moreno, Amador and most notably Jonathan Castroviejo were at the front in the decisive moments. The Colombian waited until the final 2.5km to launch his first move, reached down by only Yates, Thomas and Urán. Two subsequent attacks from the 'Cóndor de Boyacá' were the decisive strike on his rivals, chasing down solo leader Spilak and winning with about twenty seconds that ciment a strong hold of the 'Maglia Azzurra'. 33" over Yates, 56" to Pinot and 1'19" to Dumoulin are a decent margin for Nairo heading into Sunday's difficult climbs on stage five , 210km finishing in Fermo. There, he will again count on support by a Blue squad that features two GC top-ten members, Castroviejo in 4th, Moreno in 9th, a sign of overall strength by a Movistar Team that has claimed today its 8th success of the 2017 season.