Cycling: Leader Froome waiting for Quintana to attack

Sat Jul 16, 2016 1:32pm EDT
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By Julien Pretot

VILLARS-LES-DOMBES, France (Reuters) - Having taken time off his rivals on all terrains, Chris Froome is waiting for Nairo Quintana to deliver on his promise that he would launch an attack in the third week of the Tour de France.

Briton Froome, who increased his overall lead when he took second place in Friday's individual time trial, is in a strong position ahead of a grueling third week in the Alps.

The Team Sky rider leads second-placed Dutchman Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) by 1:47 and fourth-placed Quintana (Movistar) of Colombia by 2:59.

"I've got breathing space in the GC (general classification) but Paris is still far," Froome told reporters after Saturday's 14th stage, which he finished safely in the main bunch.

"Quintana says he will attack. I'm waiting," he added.

"I have no doubt that he will attack in the Alps if the last two times (2013 and 2015) are anything to go by, he goes really well in the third week."

Last year, Quintana played a waiting game despite trailing Froome early on, really making his move in the final mountain stage in the ascent of l'Alpe d'Huez, Froome hanging on for dear life despite suffering from a cold.

Froome is wary of the threat the Movistar team could pose as Spain's Alejandro Valverde, who finished third overall behind Quintana last year, has already attacked.   Continued...

Yellow jersey leader Team Sky rider Chris Froome of Britain reacts on the podium. REUTERS/Juan Medina