Vuelta a Espana: Nairo Quintana wins stage 10

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) won stage 10 of the Vuelta a Espana atop Lagos de Covadonga and took back the leader’s red jersey by distancing all of his overall rivals in a show of strength on the 12-kilometre climb to the line.

Quintana attacked his rivals with a clear show of strength and then danced up short final climb after the flat road along the lakeside, catching and dropping Robert Gesink (LottoNL-Jumbo), who had been part of the day’s 16-rider attack. The Colombian pushed hard all the way to the line to gain precious seconds on his rivals.

Chris Froome (Team Sky) opted not to follow the early pace on the climb and was distanced with nine kilometres to go but then produced a personal time trial and huge effort on the way to the finish. He swept up and swept past many of his rivals but could not catch Quintana. Gesink proudly attacked Froome to take second place but Froome limited his losses to just 25 seconds after looking in serious trouble early on the climb.

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) attacked first and went away with Quintana with five kilometres to go but later paid for his effort when Froome caught him. He cracked as he tried to push a big gear and finished eighth, 1:05 behind Quintana.

The Movistar leader now leads teammate Alejandro Valverde by 57 seconds, with Froome up to third at 58 seconds. Esteban Chaves (Orica-Bike Exchange) fought hard to finish ahead of Contador and is fourth at 2:09. Contador is fifth at an ever more distant 2:54.

Quintana pulled on an oversized race leader’s jersey on the podium but was happy to be back in charge and back in red after a under-par Tour de France.

"What I felt today gives me more confidence to keep fighting and defending this jersey. I had very good sensations, my team worked really well, and I was motivated to win the stage. I’ve always dreamt of winning here, and today I’ve managed to do it," Quintana said post stage.

"I felt good. I saw that there weren’t many of us left, then the attacks came and I went with Alberto. Froome is still very close when you look at what’s to come. We’re going to have to keep doing what we’ve been trying to do up until now to distance him further because with that time gap he’s still the favourite. I’ve always have confidence in my ability. At times I’m better, at other times worse. But at the moment I feel better than him and that’s a real boost."

How it happened

The Vuelta a Espana visited Lagos de Covadonga for a 20th time and it is also 20 years since Miguel Indurain abandoned his final race as a professional on the road to the mountain finish back at the 1996 Vuelta.

However there was little time for nostalgia at the start, with riders tired after an intense weekend of racing and focused on the last day in the mountains before the much needed rest day. The stage started under covered skies, and rain soon came down, worrying the riders and making the roads slick.

A nasty crash after 20km brought down several riders, with Bora-Argon 18's Bartosz Huzarski quickly forced to quit the race due to a suspected fractured collarbone. Other casualties included Kevin Reza (FDJ) and Markel Irizar (Trek-Segafredo). The Basque veteran suffered nasty face injuries and both abandoned the race.

An early attack by Davide Malacarne (Astana), Axel Domont (AG2R-La Mondiale), Pierre Rolland (Cannondale-Drapac), Yukiya Arashiro (Lampre-Merida) and Luis Angel Mate (Cofidis) formed after 20km but the peloton refused to let them get away.

A interesting break of 16 riders formed as the race passed near the coast, forcing Etixx-Quickstep to hit the front again despite their road rash.

In the move were Ben Hermans (BMC), Victor Campenaerts and Robert Gesink (LottoNL-Jumbo), Dmitriy Gruzdev (Astana), Tobias Ludvigsson (Giant-Alpecin), Egor Silin (Katusha), Louis Vervaecke (Lotto Soudal), Moreno Moser, Pierre Rolland and Joe Dombrowski (Cannondale-Drapac), Vegard Stake Laengen (IAM), Luis Angel Mate (Cofidis), Jose Goncalves (Caja Rural), Fabio Felline (Trek-Segafredo), Jan Bakelants (AG2R), and Omar Fraile (Dimension Data). All were looking for a stage victory.

Going through and off, with the Cannondale-Drapac riders working especially hard for Rolland, the gap opened to three minutes. However Etixx-Quickstep continued to defend David De la Cruz’s red leader’s jersey in an show of pride. Movistar also helped the chase, ready to take the race to their classification rivals.

The rolling roads gave way to serious climbs in the final 50km with the category 1 Alto del Mirador del Fito (6.2 km at 7.8%) causing the break to splinter. Maté and Fraile slugged it out for maximum points at the summit, with the 2015 mountains winner having one extra attack in his legs and so able to reach the summit first and take the blue polka-dot jersey once again.

The descent was almost as testing as the climb, with riders rightfully nervous of the Spanish motorbike pilots and the many curves. Dombrowski crashed at speed but got up and chased on as the break reformed and worked to try to stay away. However the peloton was determined to chase them all the way to the foot of the nasty climb to Lagos de Covadonga and the gap was just 2:45.

The climb to the finish

As the gradient kicked in on the 12km climb to the finish, the break exploded with Vervaecke attacking first. He was soon caught and Gesink and Rolland duelled with their own attacks, with the lanky Dutchman eventually getting better than the Frenchman and going clear.

Amongst the overall contenders the pace was fast and steady but too much for Froome, who spoke often to his team car before climbing at his own pace, with Davide Lopez leading up the climb. The group containing the overall contenders slowly reduced and then exploded when Contador jumped hard. Quintana was quickly with him and then attacked himself, distancing all the rivals, with only Michele Scarponi (Astana) trying to go after them.

Behind them Froome awoke and upped his cadence and his speed with apparent ease. He quickly cancelled out the time he had lost and began to catch his overall rivals. He devoured Chaves and Yates first, then caught Valverde, Contador and the remains of the break. His pace quickly proved too much for Contador and the rest.

He caught Gesink too but Quintana was out of reach, at least for today but with the time still to come and very much to his advantage, Froome is still in the fight for this year’s Vuelta a Espana.

After three days of hard climbing, Quintana and the rest of the Vuelta a Espana peloton will enjoy the first rest day of this year’s Vuelta. The racing resumes on Wednesday.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team4:50:31
2Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:00:24
3Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky0:00:25
4Omar Fraile (Spa) Dimension Data0:00:28
5Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 4 - Cell 2
6Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 5 - Cell 2
7Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-BikeExchange0:01:02
8Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff Team0:01:05
9Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-BikeExchange0:01:09
10Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:01:11
11Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team0:01:24
12Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:31
13Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-DrapacRow 12 - Cell 2
14Egor Silin (Rus) Team KatushaRow 13 - Cell 2
15Leopold Konig (Cze) Team SkyRow 14 - Cell 2
16Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale-DrapacRow 15 - Cell 2
17Sergio Pardilla (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 16 - Cell 2
18Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) IAM CyclingRow 17 - Cell 2
19Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step0:01:34
20Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 19 - Cell 2
21Pierre Rolland (Fra) Cannondale-Drapac0:01:49
22Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Movistar Team0:02:02
23George Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:02:17
24Louis Meintjes (RSA) Lampre - Merida0:02:18
24Daniel Moreno (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 24 - Cell 2
26Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky0:02:25
27Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:02:46
28Matvey Mamykin (Rus) Team Katusha0:02:55
29Joe Dombrowski (USA) Cannondale-Drapac0:03:06
30Darwin Atapuma (Col) BMC Racing Team0:03:08
31Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La MondialeRow 30 - Cell 2
32David De La Cruz (Spa) Etixx - Quick-Step0:03:15
33Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:03:24
34Pierre-Roger Latour (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 33 - Cell 2
35Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJRow 34 - Cell 2
36Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:03:27
37Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:03:29
38José Mendes (Por) Bora-Argon 180:03:33
39Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:04:01
40Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-Alpecin0:04:26
41Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:04:33
42Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling0:05:21
43Jesus Hernandez (Spa) Tinkoff TeamRow 42 - Cell 2
44José Gonçalves (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:05:28
45Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) FDJ0:06:09
46Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:06:22
47Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct Energie0:06:23
48Maxime Bouet (Fra) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 47 - Cell 2
49Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Direct Energie0:06:33
50Damien Howson (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange0:07:47
51Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team0:09:00
52Riccardo Zoidl (Aut) Trek-SegafredoRow 51 - Cell 2
53Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 52 - Cell 2
54Koen Bouwman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:09:30
55Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data0:10:01
56Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) Lampre - MeridaRow 55 - Cell 2
57David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Team SkyRow 56 - Cell 2
58Yury Trofimov (Rus) Tinkoff TeamRow 57 - Cell 2
59Alberto Losada (Spa) Team KatushaRow 58 - Cell 2
60Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar Team0:12:05
61Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 60 - Cell 2
62Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 61 - Cell 2
63Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 62 - Cell 2
64Sindre Skjoestad Lunke (Nor) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 63 - Cell 2
65Clement Chevrier (Fra) IAM CyclingRow 64 - Cell 2
66Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 65 - Cell 2
67Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek-SegafredoRow 66 - Cell 2
68Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Team KatushaRow 67 - Cell 2
69Bram Tankink (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 68 - Cell 2
70Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 69 - Cell 2
71Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Team KatushaRow 70 - Cell 2
72Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 71 - Cell 2
73Davide Malacarne (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 72 - Cell 2
74Benjamin King (USA) Cannondale-DrapacRow 73 - Cell 2
75Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale-DrapacRow 74 - Cell 2
76Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 75 - Cell 2
77Lawrence Warbasse (USA) IAM CyclingRow 76 - Cell 2
78Jack Haig (Aus) Orica-BikeExchangeRow 77 - Cell 2
79Merhawi Kudus (Eri) Dimension DataRow 78 - Cell 2
80Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team0:12:12
81José Herrada (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 80 - Cell 2
82Ian Boswell (USA) Team SkyRow 81 - Cell 2
83Tiago Machado (Por) Team Katusha0:13:28
84Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin0:13:31
85Simon Pellaud (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 84 - Cell 2
86Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek-SegafredoRow 85 - Cell 2
87Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Lampre - Merida0:13:56
88Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie0:14:57
89Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension Data0:16:00
90Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:16:17
91Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Argon 18Row 90 - Cell 2
92Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 91 - Cell 2
93Ryan Anderson (Can) Direct EnergieRow 92 - Cell 2
94Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Bora-Argon 18Row 93 - Cell 2
95Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 94 - Cell 2
96Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 95 - Cell 2
97Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-SegafredoRow 96 - Cell 2
98Pieter Serry (Bel) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 97 - Cell 2
99Eduard Prades (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 98 - Cell 2
100Michal Golas (Pol) Team Sky0:16:21
101Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 100 - Cell 2
102Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre - MeridaRow 101 - Cell 2
103Jhonatan Restrepo (Col) Team KatushaRow 102 - Cell 2
104Gianni Meersman (Bel) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 103 - Cell 2
105Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 104 - Cell 2
106Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 105 - Cell 2
107Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJRow 106 - Cell 2
108Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJRow 107 - Cell 2
109Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek-SegafredoRow 108 - Cell 2
110Chad Haga (USA) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 109 - Cell 2
111Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:16:39
112Ivan Rovny (Rus) Tinkoff Team0:18:06
113Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-BikeExchange0:19:56
114Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica-BikeExchangeRow 113 - Cell 2
115Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 114 - Cell 2
116Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky0:20:56
117Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Astana Pro Team0:21:43
118Sam Bewley (NZl) Orica-BikeExchangeRow 117 - Cell 2
119Jelle Wallays (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 118 - Cell 2
120Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 119 - Cell 2
121Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Lampre - MeridaRow 120 - Cell 2
122Rory Sutherland (Aus) Movistar TeamRow 121 - Cell 2
123Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 122 - Cell 2
124Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La MondialeRow 123 - Cell 2
125Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team SkyRow 124 - Cell 2
126Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto SoudalRow 125 - Cell 2
127Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) Team KatushaRow 126 - Cell 2
128Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-BikeExchangeRow 127 - Cell 2
129Scott Thwaites (GBr) Bora-Argon 18Row 128 - Cell 2
130Martijn Keizer (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 129 - Cell 2
131Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 130 - Cell 2
132Jos Van Emden (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 131 - Cell 2
133Michael Gogl (Aut) Tinkoff TeamRow 132 - Cell 2
134Gregor Muhlberger (Aut) Bora-Argon 18Row 133 - Cell 2
135Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff TeamRow 134 - Cell 2
136Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale-DrapacRow 135 - Cell 2
137David Arroyo (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 136 - Cell 2
138Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing TeamRow 137 - Cell 2
139Jaime Roson (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 138 - Cell 2
140Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff TeamRow 139 - Cell 2
141Sergio Paulinho (Por) Tinkoff TeamRow 140 - Cell 2
142François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 141 - Cell 2
143Jerome Cousin (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 142 - Cell 2
144Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18Row 143 - Cell 2
145Niki Terpstra (Ned) Etixx - Quick-Step0:22:42
146Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-BikeExchange0:26:20
147Patrick Bevin (NZl) Cannondale-DrapacRow 146 - Cell 2
148Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 147 - Cell 2
149Loïc Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 148 - Cell 2
150Martin Velits (Svk) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 149 - Cell 2
151Jaco Venter (RSA) Dimension DataRow 150 - Cell 2
152Valerio Conti (Ita) Lampre - MeridaRow 151 - Cell 2
153Mario Costa (Por) Lampre - MeridaRow 152 - Cell 2
154Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension DataRow 153 - Cell 2
155Brian Nauleau (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 154 - Cell 2
156Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 155 - Cell 2
157Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 156 - Cell 2
158Ilia Koshevoy (Blr) Lampre - MeridaRow 157 - Cell 2
159Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 158 - Cell 2
160Rudiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Argon 18Row 159 - Cell 2
161Simon Clarke (Aus) Cannondale-DrapacRow 160 - Cell 2
162Nick Dougall (RSA) Dimension DataRow 161 - Cell 2
163Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJRow 162 - Cell 2
164Hugh Carthy (GBr) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:26:46
165Tyler Farrar (USA) Dimension Data0:26:58
166Romain Cardis (Fra) Direct Energie0:27:02
167Pello Bilbao (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:27:36
168Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo0:27:52
169Julien Morice (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 168 - Cell 2
170Zico Waeytens (Bel) Team Giant-Alpecin0:28:40
171Yves Lampaert (Bel) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 170 - Cell 2
172Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) IAM Cycling0:28:43
173Kenneth Van Bilsen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 172 - Cell 2
174Dries Devenyns (Bel) IAM Cycling0:28:45
175Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin0:28:53
176Lorenzo Manzin (Fra) FDJ0:30:51
177Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ0:32:26
178Silvio Herklotz (Ger) Bora-Argon 18Row 177 - Cell 2
179Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 178 - Cell 2
DNFBartosz Huzarski (Pol) Bora-Argon 18Row 179 - Cell 2
DNFMarkel Irizar (Spa) Trek-SegafredoRow 180 - Cell 2
DNFKévin Reza (Fra) FDJRow 181 - Cell 2
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Sprint 1 - Caangas de Onis, 167km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha4pts
2Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo2Row 1 - Cell 3
3José Gonçalves (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Finish - Lagos de Covadonga, 188.7km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team25pts
2Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo20Row 1 - Cell 3
3Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky16Row 2 - Cell 3
4Omar Fraile (Spa) Dimension Data14Row 3 - Cell 3
5Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team12Row 4 - Cell 3
6Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team10Row 5 - Cell 3
7Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-BikeExchange9Row 6 - Cell 3
8Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff Team8Row 7 - Cell 3
9Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-BikeExchange7Row 8 - Cell 3
10Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo6Row 9 - Cell 3
11Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team5Row 10 - Cell 3
12Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale4Row 11 - Cell 3
13Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-Drapac3Row 12 - Cell 3
14Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha2Row 13 - Cell 3
15Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Sky1Row 14 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1 - Alto del Mirador del Fito, 148.2km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Omar Fraile (Spa) Dimension Data10pts
2Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits6Row 1 - Cell 3
3Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha4Row 2 - Cell 3
4Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) IAM Cycling2Row 3 - Cell 3
5José Gonçalves (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA1Row 4 - Cell 3
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Mountain 2 - Lagos de Covadonga, 188.7km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team15pts
2Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo10Row 1 - Cell 3
3Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky6Row 2 - Cell 3