Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana (st. 2)
Well supported by his Movistar Team, Quintana finishes 7th at Valencia stage two, up and down the Alto del Montgó with the top guns. Solo win for Tony Martin (KAT)
After conceding one minute to his strongest rivals yesterday in Orihuela's opening TTT in the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, Nairo Quintana didn't hesitate to go on the attack to make up some ground on stage two. And the 181km from Alicante to Denia, with five climbs of gentle slopes, became a good scenery for his courage as showers over several portions of the route made it considerably harder. Rain also caused several crashes on descents, which involved four from the Movistar Team -Dayer Quintana, Andrey Amador, José Herrada and Dani Moreno-, all of them without major consequences.
Helped out in the finale by a solid Movistar Team -Jesús Herrada even went after De La Cruz's (QST) promising attack on the last climb to the Montgó (Cat-3)-, Quintana entered a five-man attempt just over the summit, an acceleration Tony Martin (KAT) profited from to go for the solo win. Behind, good cooperation from Antunes (W52), Roglic (TLJ), Ligthart (ROO), Scarponi (AST) and De La Cruz allowed Nairo gaining 8" over the main field on his way to 7th place in the day.
Nairo sits now 10th overall, 54" behind new GC leader Greg Van Avermaet (BMC). Friday's stage should be a more calm one for the Boyacá-born cyclist and the rest of the peloton, sprinters set to take center stage in Riba-Roja (161km). Saturday will afterwards bring the decisive slopes of Mas de la Costa.
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