Quintana leads Tour of Spain again after stage win

Mon Aug 29, 2016 1:33pm EDT
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By Richard Martin

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Nairo Quintana retook the red jersey in the Tour of Spain after winning stage 10 to take a commanding lead in the general classification, while Chris Froome recovered from a poor start to the final climb to claim third in the stage and overall.

Colombian Quintana launched a late attack on the final climb of the 188-km stage from Lugones to Lagos de Covadonga to pass Robert Gesink and held his own for the remaining 2.4 km of the stage, finishing 24 seconds ahead of the Dutchman.

Tour de France winner Froome produced a strong display on the second half of the final climb to overtake fellow favorites Alberto Contador and Alejandro Valverde and end the race third, one second behind Gesink.

Tuesday is the first rest day of the tour, which ends on Sept. 11 in Madrid.

The Tour recommences on Wednesday with stage 11, a 168.6-km ride from Colunga to Pena Cabarga.

Quintana leads nearest challenger and Movistar team mate Valverde by 57 seconds and Froome by 58, while Contador dropped two minutes 54 seconds behind the leader in fifth after finishing the stage in eighth place.

"It fills me with pride to leave my name as a winner on this mountain and in the way we did it. I had always dreamt of winning here," Quintana told reporters.

Despite gaining 25 seconds on Froome, Quintana said the Briton was still the favorite.   Continued...

Cycling - Tour de France cycling race - Stage 18 from Sallanches to Megeve, France - 21/07/2016 - Movistar Team rider Nairo Quintana of Colombia cycles during the individual time trial.     REUTERS/Jacques Clawey