Tour of Burgos – Quintana in Form


Endura sponsored rider Nairo Quintana of Movistar wins his sixth race of the season in the mountains of Burgos

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Tour of Burgos – Quintana in Form

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The Movistar Team led by Nairo Quintana were calm yet unstoppable on the traditional mountain stage of the Vuelta a Burgos, a 170km parcours with seven ranked climbs and mountain-top finish.

Juanjo Lobato, still wearing the purple leader’s jersey, was the first to stand up and work for Quintana, alongside Imanol Erviti and Rubén Plaza. Into the last 50k, the three left it to their climbing team-mates: Szmyd, Moreno, Antón and Herrada who all took strong turns up-front.

With the day’s break caught on the El Collado (Cat-2) climb and just twenty riders left at the 5km-to-go mark, an attack by Landa (Astana) caused a real selection. Tiralongo (AST), Pardilla (MTN) and Arroyo followed the Spaniard, as well as Quintana, who kept calm despite several attacks from his rivals and only accelerated twice. Once to stay the pace before he chose the decisive point of the race.

Nairo’s big attack came at the same point where he outclassed his competition in 2013. Under the flamme rouge, the leader of the Movistar team wearing Endura clothing, was able to drop Dani Moreno (Katusha) who had been glued to his rear wheel before the Giro winner reached and passed the lone Landa to cross the finish line with a six-second margin that gave him the race leadership.

It was Quintana’s 21st victory as a pro cyclist and he will search for the 22nd (the overall) on Sunday at the decisive TT in Aranda de Duero. Before that, Saturday will bring 142km on rolling roads, suiting the sprinters, en route to Villarcayo on stage four.

Nairo Quintana: “It was spectacular, winning here again. Everyone in Burgos always treats me well and supports me whenever I come here. I really like the province and I’m proud to have won again on this climb. The team was fantastic and kept me calm before the final ascent”.

“When the rivals attacked, I kept looking behind to control Dani Moreno – to see if he was on my wheel, to know the gaps. When we went into the final kilometre, I saw them getting out of my reach, with Dani still behind. I knew I had to give everything to drop him. Fortunately, I could do it. I’m leading the race by just one second, which shows that we’re pretty much equal in power. I felt good today, though many others might be doing better than me. Now it’s just a matter of giving it all at the TT on Sunday; I don’t think anything serious should happen tomorrow, but we’ll stay focused in the finale”.

1. Quintana Nairo, Movistar Team 4:27:34
2. Moreno Daniel, Team Katusha @06
3. Landa Mikel, Astana Pro Team8 @10
4. Arroyo Duran David, Caja Rural – Seguros RGA @:19
5. Brajkovič Janez, Astana Pro Team @:35
6. Tiralongo Paolo, Astana Pro Team @:41


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