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La Vuelta: Stage 10 Quintana crashes

September 3, 2014

This individual time trial was only of moderate length at 37km but had a hard climb and technical descent. Whilst it may not decide the race, a good performance was always going to be important.

Tony Martin won the stage, which was no surprise, but the best performance was from his team mate Uran. He was only 18s down and well ahead of the other favourites. Valverde and Sanchez also had very good times. Contador had a decent run and moves into the race lead, but he might be surprised to have lost time to Uran.

Froome had a poor stage and lost 52s. He was all over the bike early in the stage. He settled down later and admitted afterwards that he had gone out too hard. An usual error for such a good tester, was this an excuse for lack of form? He has now had several bad days in a row and needs fortune to turn his way soon.

Quintana was the big loser after a spectacular crash just after the climb and at the start of the descent. He was fiddling with his shoes and went into a corner too fast. He hit the barrier and over the bars, luckily onto the road and just rolled over. He could have smashed himself quite badly and was shaken up. Eventually he got back on but lost over 3 minutes and with the race lead. He has probably also lost the chance to win the race.

 

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