Quintana promises to defend Tour de France King of the Mountains lead to Paris

TIGNES FRANCE JULY 04 Nairo Quintana of Colombia and Team Arka Samsic Polka Dot Mountain Jersey celebrates at podium during the 108th Tour de France 2021 Stage 9 a 1449km stage from Cluses to Tignes Monte de Tignes 2107m Trophy LeTour TDF2021 on July 04 2021 in Tignes France Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Nairo Quintana (Arkéa-Samsic) in the polka dot jersey after stage 9 of the Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Nairo Quintana (Arkéa-Samsic) has confirmed that his focus in what remains of the Tour de France will be maintaining his lead in the climber's classification all the way to Paris.

Off the front nearly all day on stage 9, Quintana was definitively dropped by Ben O'Connor (AG2R Citroën) and Sergio Higuita (EF Education-Nippo) shortly after the leading trio had begun the ascent to the summit finish in Tignes.

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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.