The Colombian Nairo Quintana lent the Vuelta a Espaa crown to his previous Giro dItalia victory, with Britains Chris Froome finishing runner-up
Nairo Quintana won the Vuelta a Espaa on Sunday, lending the claim to the 2014 Giro dItalia on his Grand Tour list of honours.
The Movistar climbing expert had cemented his commanding lead over Team Skys Chris Froome in Saturdays deciding mountain theatre.
Following custom, Froome did not challenge Quintana on the conventional go into the Spanish uppercase on the 21 st and final stage. The Colombian finished 1min 23 sec in front of the Tour de France winner.
Its been tough, I wont lie, especially on the back of the Tour de France and then going to Rio for the road race and time trial at the Olympics, Froome told Eurosport. Coming here, it means I havent had much age at home for the last three months. Ive had a lot time away from the family.
Quintana accomplished the gruelling three-week race that covered 3,315.5 km in 83 hr 31 min 28 sec.
Esteban Chaves finished in third place and more than four minutes off the pace. He was followed by the three-times Vuelta winner Alberto Contador in fourth.
I woke up this morning look like the winner but I couldnt cause my forearms in gala until I bridged the finish line, Quintana told. This is probably the most important triumph for me, considering the scenario and who I was hastening against. Froome is a great rival.
Magnus Cort Nielsen of Denmark won the flat 105 km go starting in Las Rozas before build loops through Madrids centre. It was his second stage prevail of this race.
At 26 Quintana has established himself as one of the top equestrians in “the worlds” and the main rival to the three-times Tour de France winner Froome. Quintana has twice finished runner-up to Froome at the Tour, most recently in July when he could not mount a serious challenge to the dominant Sky team.
Froome finished second at the Vuelta for a third hour, after likewise coming close in 2011 and 2014. Nairo was great this Vuelta. Team Movistar was great this Vuelta … they certainly journey well and deserve the victory, Froome said.
Quintana, who became the second Colombian to win this hasten after Luis Herrera in 1987, remarked acquiring the Tour abode his main objective. Its a dreaming that is still with me and I hope the working day I can make it come true, he suggested. I will keep working toward it.