Quintana Inches Ahead On First Of Three Vuelta A Espana Summit Finishes

Nairo Quintana (Movistar)

Nairo Quintana ( Movistar Team) gained a narrow but effective advantage on the first of three summit finishes in the Vuelta a Espana , moving ahead of nearly all of his GC rivals with just enough time to move onto the race's provisional podium behind current leader Jesus Herrada (Cofidis). 21st on the stage at 2:32, Quintana and Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) managed to go clear with roughly 1500 metres left to race of the viciously steep Camperona ascent, then shadowed each other to almost within sight of the finish. Quintana then put in a late burst to gain six seconds on Yates, 25 seconds on Miguel Angel López (Astana Pro Team) and 35 on Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb). Not huge gaps, perhaps, but enough to confirm that Quintana will be the reference point on the two much tougher mountain stages to come this weekend. "I'm pleased because this was a ...

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