Vuelta a Espana: Quintana plays down quibble with Simon Yates

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) went on the attack

The third consecutive summit finish in the second week of this year's Vuelta a España proved to be another tentative battle between the overall contenders, but the iconic Lagos de Covadonga failed to reveal a clear favourite for the overall title. Nairo Quintana (Movistar) laid down a few of his own blows on the 11-kilometre climb with teammate Alejandro Valverde proving a useful foil once again. In the end, the Colombian was distanced in the final metres, crossing the line six seconds behind his compatriot Miguel Angel Lopez and four seconds back on Yates . It was another day of fine margins for the overall contenders with fewer than 45 seconds splitting the top four. Quintana kept hold of his third place but now sits 33 seconds back on Yates, with Lopez just 10 seconds behind him in fourth. "We were all on a similar level. It was a game ...

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