Quintana leads Tour of Spain again after winning stage 10

by Sadie Mccarthy Agosto 30, 2016, 3:19

Nairo Quintana holds the red jersey after he took command of the Vuelta a Espana by gaining key time on his general classification rivals with a stage 10 victory on Monday.

Great Britain's Chris Froome was another of those simmering among the contenders come the Stage 10 final assault, and he ended just a second behind runner-up Gesink to ensure he remains within touching distance overall.

BARCELONA Spaniard David de la Cruz won the ninth stage of the Tour of Spain and moved into the lead in the general classification ahead of Nairo Quintana.

Tour de France winner Froome produced a strong display on the second half of the final climb to overtake fellow favourites Alberto Contador and Alejandro Valverde and end the race third, one second behind Gesink. "Let's see how long I can hold onto it, but nobody is taking it away from me today".

Froome had been 45 seconds behind that duo, but a remarkable recovery saw him cut that gap to 20 seconds, forcing Quintana and Contador to push again.

"(Froome) is still very close given what is ahead", Quintana said.

Froome is attempting to become the first man to win the Tour de France and Tour of Spain in the same year since 1978.

Colombian Nairo Quintana has claimed the leaders jersey after stage eight of the Spanish Vuelta.

The three-time Tour of Spain winner had even called on the three kilometre rule, when rider's times are calculated three kilometres from the end of the stage if a serious crash occurs, to be implemented on all stages to prevent major pile-ups. "Sometimes I was better, sometimes not so good, but now I am feeling better than he is, and that fills me with a lot of confidence".

The 16-man breakaway looked likely to be whittled down as the race wore on, and that's what happened as the riders began the harshest portion of the Alto Del Mirador Del Fito ascent. "At some point I was thinking it was too late".

"Everyone was cautious at the start of the climb, but then Froome went for it, as we expected, and I responded", Quintana said. Already Tuesday, Froome was forced to improvise, and the results were fascinating.

"Giving up the lead today doesn't worry us", Quintana said.

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