In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Nairo Quintana wins the 2016 Vuelta a Espana; Greg Van Avermaet wins GP de Montreal; Steve Cummings takes overall win at the Tour of Britain, Caleb Ewan clinches the final stage; Jolien d’Hoore wins a fast and furious Women’s WorldTour finale in Madrid; Katrin Garfoot victorious in the Chrono Champenois; Rebecca Wiasak wins Amy’s Otway Tour; Sarah Hammond wins the inaugural Race to the Rock; Richie Porte ends his season early following Rio injuries; Giro start a possibility for Froome in 2017?; Eight teams to race men’s TTT at Qatar Worlds?; Spectator causes Vuelta crash; Orica-BikeExchange Backstage Pass from the Vuelta.
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Colombia’s Nairo Quintana (Movistar) has added a second Grand Tour victory to his palmares, winning the 2016 Vuelta a Espana. Quintana took the lead with a victory back on stage 10, and was able to extend and then defend his lead in the 11 days that followed.
Going into the stage 19 time trial, Quintana lead Chris Froome (Sky) by 3:37. The Briton managed to win the stage, putting more than two minutes into Quintana and moving to within 1:21 of the lead. But on stage 20, the race’s final stage in the mountains, Quintana was able to keep Froome at bay to ensure he would go into the final processional stage with a virtually unbeatable lead.
Stage 20 was won by Pierre Latour (Ag2r La Mondiale) who got himself in the breakaway and managed to survive to the end with Darwin Atapuma (BMC) whom he was able to beat.
As predicted, the final stage came down to a bunch sprint and it was Magnus Cort Nielsen that took his second win of the Vuelta and the fourth stage win for his Orica-BikeExchange team.
But in the end, the 2016 Vuelta a Espana belonged to Nairo Quintana.
“This Vuelta win means a whole lot to me,” Quintana said. “At the Tour, I reached the podium more out of class rather than legs. I didn’t feel well in France, yet I found my best condition here. Also, it was a race with almost all all big GC names in the peloton present: a huge Chris Froome; Alberto Contador, who is one you must always keep an eye on; Chaves and Orica… Winning the race this way, and against them, makes it even more valuable.”