Vuelta a Espana: Movistar roll the dice on summit to Les Praeres

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) went on the attack

Another summit finish and another roll of the dice at the Vuelta a España for the Movistar team as they looked to open up the general classification further with a show of force on Les Praeres . Ultimately, the tactic didn't work but the Spanish team saw Alejandro Valverde join Nairo Quintana in a podium position after race leader Jesus Herrada cracked on the Asturian climb. It was Valverde, assisted by Richard Carapaz, that put the pressure on first as he tracked down an early attack from Steven Kruijswijk. With the Dutchman safely returned to their clutches, Quintana launched his own attack. The Colombian was full of confidence after distancing all the other general classification riders on La Camperona the previous day and no sooner had he been brought back was he on the attack again, taking compatriot Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) with him. The pair got a gap but ...

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