Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

Quintana stays in pole position for Giro win

Nairo Quintana is on course for victory in the Giro d'Italia after stretching his lead in the race by claiming victory on the mountain time trial stage from Bassano de Grappa to Cima Grappa.

With just two stages remaining Quintana now holds a lead of more than three minutes over his fellow Colombian Rigoberto Uran.

Movistar rider Quintana took the possession of the pink jersey earlier in the week when he won stage 16 and he was 17 seconds faster than Italian Fabio Aru over the 26.8km route yesterday – after changing both his bike, as the gradient increased, and his helmet during the time trial.

Aru is now in third place after an excellent ride saw him leapfrog Pierre Rolland of France to move behind Uran.

"I had a great feeling and I took full advantage of it, I was really well prepared," said Quintana.

"Tomorrow, I have a strong team to control the stage. I'll try to attack when we get towards the top. Why not?"

Today's penultimate stage of the Giro throws up a testing mountain stage, a 167km route from Maniago to Monte Zoncolan.

With such a strong lead Quintana is well placed to be in the pink jersey when the race finishes in Trieste tomorrow.

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