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TdF #19: Are Movistar prima donnas?

July 21, 2013

The Spanish team’s tactics were baffling. They had a fine stage win from the excellent Rui Costa, but they also seemed to leave Quintana to fend for himself. Are they prejudiced against the Columbian, or do they just not care about his podium place and white jersey? To have three in the break was a strange use of energy and Valverde’s attack at the end was madness. What if Quintana had a mechanical or crashed? With no team mates, he could have lost any hope of the podium. However, the ever impressive small man showed that he is made of strong stuff and had no trouble.

The peleton looked tired today and the pressure and attacks had less venom than previous stages. The parcour was hard, with two HC climbs early in the stage and more later in the day. However, it was a downhill finish and after such a hard day yesterday, there did not seem to the be the desire or energy to attack the yellow jersey. Saxo-Tinkoff did work hard towards the end, but that may have been more about the team competition than a launch pad for Contador.

Another successful day for Froome, who now only has one mountain day left before Paris.

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