Quintana takes lead after stage win
Colombia’s Nairo Quintana picked up his second stage win in a week, triumphing in the Pyrenees on stage three of the Route du Sud to take the overall lead.
The Movistar rider, who also won a stage in the Alps during the Criterium du Dauphine, fashioned a solo breakaway on the final climb of Spandelles to secure victory.
He now leads Hubert Dupont by 53 seconds heading into Sunday’s final stage.
Quintana led the peloton as they swept up the day’s early break on Col du Tourmalet before he staged a break of his own, alongside team-mate Sergio Pardilla, Kenny Elissonde, Anthony Charteau, Thomas Voeckler and Dupont.
But the Colombian pulled away on his own on the steepest section of the final climb before extending his lead on the steep descent and taking victory in Arras-En-Lavedan with over a minute to spare.
1 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team
2 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
3 Anthony Charteau (Fra) Team Europcar
4 Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat
5 Mathieu Perget (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
6 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
7 Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) Movistar Team
8 Riccardo Chiarini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
9 Adrian Palomares Villaplana (Spa) Andalucia
10 Mikhail Antonov (Rus) Lokosphinx
11 Cyril Bessy (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
12 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's
13 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar
14 Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
15 Dimitri Le Boulch (Fra) Auber 93
16 Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
17 Javier Chacon (Spa) Andalucia
18 David Veilleux (Can) Team Europcar
19 Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat
20 MickaŽl Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne