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Nairo Quintana: ‘I had no problem following Froome’

Vuelta a Espa a overall leader Nairo Quintana says that he did not feel under pressure from Chris Froome on the race’s final day in the mountains
– Photos by Graham Watson

Nairo Quintana: ‘I Had No Problem Following Froome’

Nairo Quintana on stage 20 of the 2016 Vuelta a Espana Credit: Graham Watson

Vuelta a Espa a1 race leader Nairo Quintana2 (Movistar) says that he had no problem following Chris Froome3 s accelerations on the final mountain day to Aitana. Quintana locked in his race lead ahead of the final flat day on Sunday in Madrid. When he finishes, he will be able to add the Vuelta crown to his Giro d Italia title from 2014. Froome tried several times on the 21-kilometre Aitana climb, but the small 26-year-old Colombian in the red leader s jersey marked him every time.

I had no problem following Froome, Quintana said. He started to attack very early.

That s normal, and we were very attentive.

Nairo Quintana: ‘I Had No Problem Following Froome’

Chris Froome and Nairo Quintana on stage 20 of the 2016 Vuelta a Espana

My team was always very concentrated and we could keep everything under control all the time. Finally, on the climb, I felt very good and I had no trouble countering Froome s surges. Even Froome will admit that he lacks the power surges he had when he won his third Tour de France4 this July. Then, Quintana finished third overall after closing second to Froome in the other two editions.

>>> Nairo Quintana sets up Vuelta a Espa a overall victory as Latour wins stage 205

Frenchman Pierre Latour (AG2R La Mondiale) won from an escape. Further down the road, the favourites played for the placings. Esteban Chaves (Orica-BikeExchange) attacked and rode free to move into third overall.

Froome tried at 3.7 kilometres remaining, 3.1 and later again, but it came to nothing. To underline his dominance, Quintana shot free ahead of Froome to close the stage. Froome clapped his hands to applaud his rival s ride when he crossed the line seconds later.

Nairo Quintana: ‘I Had No Problem Following Froome’

Chris Froome applauded Nairo Quintana on the finish line

I don t know if he d be upset by that, he s done it before, but it doesn t matter, Quintana added.

He s a great rider, and his team was at a very good level, and they always made troubles for me. He did a great time trial, and he suffered to try to win this Vuelta.

>>> Five talking points from stage 20 of the Vuelta a Espa a6

Quintana saved his season after a slightly disappointing Tour where he failed to challenge Froome and struggled to take third overall. The overall victory will largely be thanks to a risky early attack only six kilometres into last Sunday s stage that eventually netted him 2-43 minutes on Froome.

I believed in my team, and they made everything easy for me. They brought me all the way to here, and I owe them everything, Quintana said.

I dedicated this to Jos Joaqu n Rojas.

He suffered an ugly crash today, and this will help him along.

References

  1. ^ Vuelta a Espa a (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ Nairo Quintana (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ Chris Froome (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ Tour de France (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ >>> Nairo Quintana sets up Vuelta a Espa a overall victory as Latour wins stage 20 (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  6. ^ >>> Five talking points from stage 20 of the Vuelta a Espa a (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

Dame Sarah Storey becomes Britain’s most successful female Paralympian (video)

Team GB claims three gold and one silver medal in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games velodrome on the opening day of cycling
– Photos by OnEdition

Channel 4 Timeline | Facebook1

This is the moment when Dame Sarah Storey became the most successful female ParalympicsGB athlete of all time, winning her historic 12th gold. Incredible.

Dame Sarah Storey2 became Great Britain s most successful female Paralympian on Thursday in Rio de Janeiro, winning the C5 3km individual pursuit to claim her record-breaking 12th Paralympic Games3 gold medal. Storey broke her own world record in qualifying for the event, setting a time of 3-31.394. Her GB team-mate Crystal Lane who had got a very late call-up to the Games qualified second fastest to set up an all-GB ride-off for the gold and silver medals.

Dame Sarah Storey Becomes Britain’s Most Successful Female Paralympian (video)

Dame Sarah Storey on the way to winning the women s C5 individual pursuit. Photo: OnEdition

Storey caught Lane at the half-way mark in the final to take gold, with Lane settling for silver. The victory meant that Storey moved ahead of previous GB Paralympic medal record holder Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson.

>>> Rio 2016 Paralympic Games cycling: Latest news and info4

It s a bit surreal, said Storey to Channel 4 TV after the victory and setting a new record. The first person I was speaking to after the race was Tanni and it s so nice to see her here. She ll always be on a pedestal for me, a lady who has really supported me for all my career.

I didn t expect to break the world record this morning, this coming week is really really hard. I just keep improving and I can t really believe it.

Dame Sarah Storey Becomes Britain’s Most Successful Female Paralympian (video)

Megan Giglia wins C1-3 individual pursuit. Photo: onEdition

Earlier in the day, Megan Giglia had won GB s first gold medal of the Games, winning the C1-3 3km individual pursuit. Giglia caught Jamie Whitmore of the USA in the final to take the victory. It s Giglia s frist appearance at a Paralympic Games after she suffered a stroke three years ago.

Dame Sarah Storey Becomes Britain’s Most Successful Female Paralympian (video)

Steve Bate and Adam Duggleby wins gold in the men s B individual pursuit. Photo: OnEdition

Steve Bate and Adam Duggleby also made their first Paralympic Games appearance and took gold in the men s B 4km individual pursuit, overhauling the Dutch duo of Vincent ter Schure and Timo Fransen.

Despite the Netherlands team starting quicker, Bate and Duggleby paced themselves perfectly to better their rivals.

The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games cycling events continue on Friday5 with the men s individual pursuit disciplines, and the women s and men s 1km time trials.

References

  1. ^ Channel 4 Timeline | Facebook (www.facebook.com)
  2. ^ Dame Sarah Storey (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ Paralympic Games (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ >>> Rio 2016 Paralympic Games cycling: Latest news and info (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ continue on Friday (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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