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by Matt de Neef
May 1, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Richie Porte wins the Tour de Romandie; Serge Pauwels wins men’s Tour de Yorkshire with final-stage victory; Lizzie Deignan wins women’s Tour de Yorkshire; Quintana tunes Giro form with Vuelta Asturias queen stage victory; Christine Majerus takes overall win at Festival Elsy Jacobs; Astana opt not to replace Michele Scarponi in Giro line-up; Remembering Chad Young – A tribute from the team soigneur; Moscon racially abuses Reza at Tour de Romandie; Film review – Thereabouts 3; Big crash in the women’s Red Hook Crit.
Nairo Quintana (Movistar) has laid down another impressive marker ahead of this week’s Giro d’Italia with victory on the queen stage of the Vuelta Asturias.
In terrible weather conditions, Quintana attacked with 2.5km to go on the final climb of the Alto del Acebo with only Raúl Alarcón (W52) for company. Quintana edged out his Spanish companion at the finish line to win stage 2, while Alarcón was able to move into the overall lead.
“I’m really satisfied with how things went, with my preparations and this victory, too. I felt my legs responding well to all that we did before coming back to Europe – we’re on the right path to tackle that big challenge in front of us successfully,” Quintana said. “It was a really cold day, also a dangerous one since we had to go through all those wet descents.
“We all really suffered, it was tough – yet we’re sort of getting used to these days. It’s been quite a few times now where we had to finish on top of a mountain covered in snow, after getting through foul conditions.”
While Quintana’s stage victory in the three-day Spanish 2.1 event comes against lesser opposition than he will face at the Giro, the victory will still provide confidence for the Colombian, who starts the Italian Grand Tour as one of two main favourites (alongside Vincenzo Nibali).
The image above appears courtesy of Photo Gomez Sport.