Tour De France: Mixed Fortunes For Movistar On Final Mountain Stage

Mikel Landa (Movistar)

Like a seesaw, the fortunes of Mikel Landa and Nairo Quintana shift one way and then the other. When one is up, the other is down. Try as they might, Movistar have been unable to get all of their Tour de France general classification riders enjoying a good day at the same time. While Quintana flew to victory on the Col du Portet on stage 17, Mikel Landa was suffering. The shoe was on the other foot on Friday's final mountain effort to Laruns. Landa lit up the general classification battle with a long-range attack, while Quintana struggled to limit his losses on a brutal day in the Pyrenees. Quintana's travails stemmed from his mid-stage crash on Thursday's sprint day into Pau. The Colombian had suffered several scrapes to his left side in the accident, but the impact of the fall left him with a sore body and he was ...

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