Nairo Quintana Contrareloj Arkea Samsic Photo: Arkea Samsic
wins the time trial of stage 20 of the Tour de France where the cyclists covered 40.7 km between Lacapelle-Marival and Rocamadour. The heat continued to be one of the main protagonists of the competition, however, most of the runners, including the Colombians, knew how to tame it during the exercise this Saturday.
The time trial would be the perfect setting both for a fight between the strongest riders in this modality and for the first cyclists in the top 10. The ones called to stand out at first would be Wout van Aert (Jumbo Visma), Stefan Küng (Groupama FDJ), the world champion Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) and even the Slovenian Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates).
The first of the Colombians to leave this day was Daniel Felipe Martínez (Ineos Grenadiers) who took the game wearing the Colombian national champion jersey after he won it earlier in the year. The soachuno developed a presentation that left him at the finish line with a time of 50:57, while Nairo gave up fifth position to move to sixth. The best record was set by the Belgian Van Aert with 47:59.
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The second to leave the coffee growers was Rigoberto Urán (EF Education EasyPost), the cyclist from Urrao left around 9:10 in the Colombian morning to face the hard day that awaited him in the time trial. There he managed to stop the clock with a time of 51:59.
Nairo Quintana (Arkea Samsic), started at 9:52 am as the fifth overall and was leaving some flashes of good pedaling on the track that became technical towards the end with several curves that he had to take with a little care. so as not to lose momentum and anticipating a fall.
His main objective for this day was to maintain his fifth place in the general classification against a rider like Louis Meintje (Intermarché) who followed him in the classification. The boyacense reached the finish line with a record of 52:07.
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Quintana is ratified as the best Colombian in the 109th edition of the Tour de France in its penultimate stage, this Sunday they will be taking the lead in the closing stage in a 115.6 km route where there will be time for celebration and rest during the first kilometers, later the work of the sprinters and their teams will be seen thinking of keeping the last victory of the ‘Grande Boucle’.
Wout van Aert took the victory after Pogacar did not have his best presentation in the time trial against Vingegaard who, until the last meters to the finish line, showed that he could even win the stage. The race partially leaves a new champion, who beats two-time champion Tadej Pogacar. Paris would be reached with the podium as follows: Vingegaard debuting as champion of a major, Pogacar in second place and Geraint Thomas who had already won the French competition in 2018 with great superiority.
The Colombians had an outstanding performance in this grand tour, although there was no stage victory for the coffee cycling team. However, the top 10 of Nairo Quintana, who fell to sixth place, is important, since the Colombians continue to be competitive in the most important races in the world.
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