Giro d'Italia: Quintana wins mountain time trial

Nairo Quintana cemented his lead in the Giro d'Italia and moved a step closer to the overall win by flying up the Monte Grappa to win the mountain time trial on the 19th stage of the Giro d'Italia. The Colombian climbed up in a time of 1.05:37, beating Astana's Fabio Aru and Rigoberto Uran (Omega Pharma-QuickStep).

Quintana smashed his opposition to take a lead of 3:07 in the overall rankings ahead of Uran. Aru jumped to third overall at 3:48. Pierre Rolland (Europcar) dropped to fourth overall at 5:27, with Domenico Pozzovivo fifth at 6:16 and Rafal Majka (Tinkoff-Saxo) sixth at 6:59.

It looked as if Aru would take the stage win, when he was the first to break the 1:06 mark, and taking a lead of more than two minutes. However, Quintana proved himself the best on the day finishing 17 seconds faster. Uran lost nearly a minute and a half, while the biggest loser of the day was probably Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp), who suffered not only a dropped chain but seemingly an off-day, dropping to ninth overall.

A day of climbing

The Monte Grappa is a brutal climb, with tight switchbacks and changes of gradient and pitch, all seemingly designed to keep riders from finding their rhythm on the way up.

Belkin's Jetse Bol was the first to head off to the fog-covered mountaintop, leaving at 13:15. He was not the first to arrive though. That honour went to his one minute man, Australian time trial champion Michael Hepburn (Orica-GreenEdge), who put in the first time of 1:17:21.

Nicola Boem smashed the best time by nearly three minutes, coming in at 1:12:19 but that was eventually topped, first by teammate Sonny Colbrelli and then by teammate and stage 17 winner Stefano Pirazzi with a great time of 1:10.11.

Rafal Majka (Saxo-Tinkoff) was really motivated and pushing it, but perhaps too much. He totally misjudged a corner and went into the barriers. He didn't crash but lost time disentangling himself from the bars before he could start again.

Tim Wellens (Lotto Belisol) was the first man to break the 1:10 limit, coming in at 1:09:37.

Nairo Quintana also started out on a time trial bike, smiling as he was cheered off from the start house. His greatest rival was Rigoberto Uran who took off three minutes ahead of the Movistar rider and with a GC gap of 1:41.

Uran picked up an early 18 seconds on Quintana while Cadel Evans (BMC) showed signs of life again, setting the third best time at the second intermediate time check.

Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) suffered when his chain dropped. Evans had already passed him on the virtual rankings, and the unplanned bike change threw the Canadian even further back.

Meanwhile, Quintana who was in pink from head to toe was on top form. He flew up the mountain. He wasn't the only one as Fabio Aru (Astana) smashed the time at the 19 km time check by nearly a minute.

Uran was only 28 seconds slower than Aru at the time check but Quintana was not going to let this one get away and broke Aru's time by eight seconds.

Evans put in a more than respectable time of 1:10:03, which helped to move him back up in the rankings.

Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R) caught and passed his three minute man, Hesjedal, and Aru did the same with Maika.

Pozzovivo flew up the climb, taking the best time of 1:08:01 but Aru was right behind him. The young Astana Italian was even faster, smashing Pozzovivo's time by more than two minutes to set an incredible performance.

It wasn't enough though, as Quintana put his stamp on the race with his second stage win.



Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team1:05:37
2Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:17
3Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:01:26
4Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar0:01:57
5Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:24
6Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:03:22
7Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo0:03:28
8Sebastian Henao Gomez (Col) Team Sky0:03:48
9Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:04:00
10Dario Cataldo (Ita) Team Sky0:04:10
11Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:04:26
12Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani-CSF0:04:34
13Riccardo Zoidl (Aut) Trek Factory Racing0:04:42
14Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani-CSF0:04:46
15Francis Mourey (Fra)
16Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:04:52
17Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani-CSF0:05:11
18Alexandre Geniez (Fra)
19Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:05:20
20Rodolfo Andres Torres Agudelo (Col) Colombia0:05:22
21Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Trek Factory Racing0:05:26
22Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:05:28
23Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani-CSF0:05:29
24Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Team Katusha0:05:33
25Winner Anacona Gomez (Col) Lampre-Merida0:05:35
26Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin Sharp0:05:39
27Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:05:53
28Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar0:06:14
29Wout Poels (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:06:15
30Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
31Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:06:21
32Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
33Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani-CSF0:06:26
34Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky
35Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant-Shimano
36Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:06:30
37Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:06:31
38Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:06:35
39Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:06:37
40Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani-CSF0:06:42
41Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo0:06:51
42Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky0:06:52
43Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:06:58
44André Cardoso (Por) Garmin Sharp0:07:03
45Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team0:07:05
46Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo0:07:08
47Ivan Basso (Ita) Cannondale0:07:12
48Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Astana Pro Team0:07:14
49Maxim Belkov (Rus) Team Katusha0:07:35
50Marc Goos (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:07:36
51Matteo Rabottini (Ita) Neri Sottoli - Yellow Fluo0:07:41
52José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team0:07:42
53Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:07:43
54Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre-Merida0:07:45
55Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:07:53
56Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:07:58
57Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano0:08:06
58Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:08:12
59Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Team Katusha
60Patrick Gretsch (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale0:08:18
61Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:08:46
62Ivan Rovny (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo0:08:49
63Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) Colombia
64Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Androni Giocattoli0:08:51
65Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team0:08:52
66Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Cannondale0:08:54
67Nicolas Roche (Irl) Tinkoff-Saxo0:08:59
68Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) FDJ.fr0:09:01
69Carlos Julian Quintero (Col) Colombia0:09:04
70Yonder Godoy (Ven) Androni Giocattoli0:09:06
71Romain Sicard (Fra) Team Europcar0:09:07
72Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin Sharp0:09:09
73Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ.fr0:09:13
74Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky0:09:14
75Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek Factory Racing0:09:16
76Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:09:19
77Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani-CSF
78Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Movistar Team0:09:30
79Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:09:31
80Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ.fr0:09:38
81Michel Koch (Ger) Cannondale0:09:40
82Jay Mccarthy (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo0:09:43
83Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:09:45
84Daniele Ratto (Ita) Cannondale0:09:48
85Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar
86Pieter Serry (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:09:56
87Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano0:10:04
88Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:10:05
89Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Team Katusha0:10:07
90Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol0:10:09
91Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale
92Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team0:10:15
93Oscar Gatto (Ita) Cannondale0:10:20
94Adriano Malori (Ita) Movistar Team0:10:22
95Marco Bandiera (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
96Jonathan Monsalve (Ven) Neri Sottoli - Yellow Fluo0:10:34
97Rick Flens (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:10:38
98Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha0:10:48
99Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano
100Eros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar Team0:10:49
101Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team0:10:53
102Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale0:10:55
103Robinson Eduardo Chalapud Gomez (Col) Colombia
104Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Colombia0:10:56
105Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:10:58
106Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:11:01
107Michael Rogers (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo0:11:04
108Angelo Tulik (Fra) Team Europcar0:11:05
109Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek Factory Racing0:11:19
110Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar
111Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale0:11:20
112Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida
113Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Colombia0:11:24
114Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol0:11:37
115Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo0:11:41
116Martijn Keizer (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:11:43
117Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica Greenedge0:11:44
118Iljo Keisse (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:11:48
119Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida0:11:49
120Jos Van Emden (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:11:56
121Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team
122Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:12:03
123Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:12:04
124Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar0:12:06
125Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) FDJ.fr0:12:10
126Julian David Arredondo Moreno (Col) Trek Factory Racing0:12:13
127Simone Ponzi (Ita) Neri Sottoli - Yellow Fluo0:12:18
128Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
129Jackson Rodriguez (Ven) Androni Giocattoli0:12:39
130Danilo Hondo (Ger) Trek Factory Racing0:12:45
131Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:12:47
132Luca Paolini (Ita) Team Katusha0:12:51
133Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:12:58
134Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:13:01
135Marco Canola (Ita) Bardiani-CSF0:13:05
136Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek Factory Racing0:13:09
137Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Sky0:13:15
138Svein Tuft (Can) Orica Greenedge0:13:16
139Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team0:13:22
140Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Giant-Shimano0:13:26
141Jetse Bol (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:13:43
142Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team0:13:45
143Christopher Sutton (Aus) Team Sky0:14:04
144Andrea Fedi (Ita) Neri Sottoli - Yellow Fluo0:14:14
145Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ.fr0:14:18
146Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:14:40
147Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Trek Factory Racing0:14:47
148Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team0:14:52
149Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing0:15:13
150David Tanner (Aus) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:15:17
151Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) FDJ.fr0:15:22
152Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Giant-Shimano0:15:28
153Tom Veelers (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano0:15:30
154Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) Colombia0:15:31
155Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin Sharp0:15:33
156Jeffry Johan Romero Corredor (Col) Colombia0:18:00
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team15pts
2Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team12
3Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team9
4Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar7
5Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale6
6Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli5
7Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo4
8Sebastian Henao Gomez (Col) Team Sky3
9Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol2
10Dario Cataldo (Ita) Team Sky1
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team32pts
2Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team20
3Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team14
4Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar10
5Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale7
6Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli4
7Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo2
8Sebastian Henao Gomez (Col) Team Sky1
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Azzuri d'Italia
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team4pts
2Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team2
3Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team1
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Fighting Spirit
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team10pts
2Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team8
3Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team6
4Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar4
5Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale2
6Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli1
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1AG2R La Mondiale3:30:56
2Astana Pro Team0:00:03
3Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:00:07