Just 24 hours after his long breakaway, the Colombian rider from the Movistar Team beats TT specialist Sylvain Chavanel (DEN) at fast, 13km individual effort in Albi, takes GC lead even before climbs on Saturday.
Colombian rider from Movistar Team only cyclist into nominations revealed on Wednesday, opts to 2013 Breakthough of the Year recognition to be decided on March 26.
Quintana writes the most brilliant page in Latin American cycling's history atop Semnoz, claims 2nd place overall in Tour as well as KOM and Young Riders' jerseys following extraordinary work by Movistar Team from start to finish. Outstanding Valverde (4th) ends in eighth spot.
Race Report: Today was “Last Chance Saloon” for the top riders to change thing in the GC and that’s exactly how it panned out. Alberto Contador had a bad day and dropped off the Tour podium. Young Nairo Quintana won the stage and will have tears in the eyes of his family back in Cóbita for his second place overall.
Quintana (6th) defends himself at mountainous ITT in Chorges to strengthen his lead in Young Riders' competition, now 2.07 from GC podium. Valverde (5th) confirms great condition before the Alps.
Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde describe their thoughts on the last week of the 2013 Tour, hoping to give their very best to crown an impressive performance.
Unbeatable race leader Chris Froome (SKY) overcomes brilliant Quintana atop Mont Ventoux; Colombian back in white, now in 6th overall just 1.22 off Tour's podium.
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