Nairo Quintana's Tour de France hopes evaporate on Grand Colombier

Team Arkea Samsic rider Colombias Nairo Quintana rides during the 15th stage of the 107th edition of the Tour de France cycling race 175 km between Lyon and Grand Colombier on September 13 2020 Photo by KENZO TRIBOUILLARD AFP Photo by KENZO TRIBOUILLARDAFP via Getty Images
Nairo Quintana (Arkéa-Samsic) fell out of the running for the overall during stage 15 of the 2020 Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images)

Injuries from a high-speed crash on Friday put paid to Nairo Quintana’s hope of a top GC result at the Tour de France this year, with the Colombian star suffering badly on the slopes of the Grand Colombier on stage 15 on Sunday.

The Arkéa-Samsic leader finally threw in the towel just as his compatriot Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) was also dropping behind, although Quintana was able to leave Bernal trailing and limit his losses to nearly four minutes, rather than Bernal’s much bigger gap of over seven.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.