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TdF #20: Ye wee beauty

July 25, 2013

Quintana topped off an incredible debut tour by winning the final tough stage. He sat patiently on Rodriguez’s wheel for most of the final climb, taking advantage of the Spaniard’s desire to be on the podium. Near the end, Quintana attacked after Froome desperate last bid to win the stage faltered. A superb stage win, and with that he also wins the King of the Mountains and best young rider. Runner up in GC to add to his collection.

Rodriguez and Froome were the other winners on the day. Rodriguez climbed to a podium place and his conservative consistent riding paid off. Froome looked tired and was not able to finish in the style he may have wished, but his third place on the stage was more than enough to secure the yellow jersey. Tomorrow’s stage should be a procession for Froome and his Sky team mates.

It was Movistar who worked the hardest and acted like a team for a change. Perhaps their team management had a go at their riders for not supporting the little Columbian enough. The team did the most to bring back the auld campaigner Voigt and launch Quintana. Sky did not have too much to do, and it was probably just as well judging by how tired they looked. Saxo was the biggest loser as Contador and Kreuziger lost out, paying for their attacks during the last week.

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