This article originally published on BikeRadar
Movistar’s Nairo Quintana today started the first mountain stage of the 2013 Tour de France 25 seconds in arrears of the maillot jaune Daryl Impey (Orica-GreenEdge). And on the slopes of the hors catégorie-rated Col de Pailhères ascent the 23-year-old Colombian climbing specialist attacked. He’s a dangerous rider and fancied to cause some upsets after winning a tough stage in last year’s Critérium du Dauphiné plus the overall in this year's Vuelta al Pais Vasco.
With about 36km to go on stage 8, Quintana attacked out of the elite group of favorites and quickly plowed through a few riders who were off the front and crossed the Col de Pailhères summit alone. Climbing up the finishing climb to Ax 3 Domaines, Quintana battled to hold off the world's best climbers but was caught at about 5km to go by stage winner Chris Froome and Richie Porte of Team Sky. Quintana crossed the line with Alberto Contador and Roman Kreuziger of Saxo Bank, 1:45 down on Froome.
Quintana is now eighth overall at the Tour and is the new leader of the young rider classification.
BikeRadar checked out the Tour debutant’s bike on the eve of the first mountain stage in Albi. While the set-up was stock Movistar kit, the bike was running on new Campagnolo Bora Ultra 35 wheels, launched earlier this year.
The versatile but light wheelset and the small 44cm frame mean the bike – without the SRM PowerControl 7 computer tipped our scales at 6.89kg – less than 10g over the UCI minimum weight requirement.
Even with an EPS battery, Quinatna's bike weighs 6.89kg/15.12lb
Complete bike specifications
Frame: Pinarello Dogma 60.1 Think 2 44cm
Fork: Onda Carbon
Headset: Pinarello 1 1/8in to 1 1/2in integral system
Stem: FSA OS 99, 125mm (c-t-c)
Handlebars:, FSA K-Force Compact, 40cm (c-t-c)
Front brake: Campagnolo Record D Skeleton
Rear brake: Campagnolo Record D Skeleton
Brake levers: Campagnolo Ergopower Ultra-Shift
Front derailleur: Campagnolo Record EPS Front Derailleur
Rear derailleur: Campagnolo Record EPS Rear Derailleur
Shift levers: Campagnolo Ergopower Ultra-Shift
Cassette: Campagnolo Record 11 11-27
Chain: Campagnolo Record 11spd
Crankset: Campagnolo 11spd Crankset 53/39
Bottom bracket: Pinarello Most Croxover
Pedals: Look Keo Blade
Wheelset: Campagnolo Bora Ultra 35
Front tire: Vittoria Corsa CX 23-28
Rear tire: Vittoria Corsa CX 23-28
Saddle: Selle Italia SLR Team Edition
Seat post: Pinarello Dogma 60.1
Bottle cages: Elite Custom Race (2)
Computer: SRM PowerControl 7 (not shown)
Other accessories: SRM speed sensor
Rider's height: 1.66m (5ft 3in)
Rider's weight: 57.3kg (126lb)
Saddle height: 695mm
Saddle setback: 50mm
Seat tube length, c-t: 455mm
Seat tube length, c-c: 440mm
Tip of saddle nose to c of bars: 534mm
Saddle-to-bar drop (vertical): 110mm
Head tube length: 110mm
Top tube length: 490mm
Total bicycle weight: 6.89kg (15.19lb) w/o computer
Sam started as a trainee reporter on daily newspapers in the UK before moving to South Africa where he contributed to national cycling magazine Ride for three years. After moving back to the UK he joined Procycling as a staff writer in November 2010.
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