Nairo Quintana edged out of Catalunya podium for second straight day

Nairo Quintana on the front of the breakaway

Another day, another stage of the Volta a Catalunya , and another warm-down behind the finish line for Nairo Quintana ( Movistar ) as the Colombian star reflected on his second near-miss in the Pyrenees in 24 hours. Quintana had ridden consistently on the uneven ascent of La Molina, staying up there with the other favourites. But unlike at Vallter 2000 when he had been able to follow Egan Bernal's main attack, on this occasion, when Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana Pro Team) blasted away, Quintana was unable to follow. As had happened at Vallter 2000, the Colombian's teammate Alejandro Valverde struggled again to stay in contact with the main group and on this occasion another Movistar rider, former Paris-Nice winner Marc Soler, had battled bravely to stay clear in the breakaway and then try - and fail - to stay with Lopez when the Colombian powered past. Meanwhile, Quintana crossed ...

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