Unbeatable race leader Chris Froome (SKY) overcomes brilliant Quintana on Mont Ventoux; Colombian back in white, now in 6th overall just 1.22 off Tour overall podium

1,400 meters separated Nairo Quintana from writing his name in the legend of the Tour de France in one of the iconic stages of the 2013 edition, the longest in this year's race over 242 kilometers between Givors and the summit of the Mont Ventoux (HC), covered at a hellish pace from start to finish. The attempts to enter the early break made an impressive start, with 100 kilometers covered in the opening two hours; afterwards, with almost nine minutes of advantage for the leaders, the work from Europcar and ultimately Movistar Team left their gap in just 1.30 at the foot of the ascent.

An acceleration from Rui Costa in the beginning of the steepest sections made a selection into the group of favourites and prepared Quintana's attack, 13km from the top. The Colombian quickly gained more than thirty seconds as he took the lead of the course along with Mikel Nieve (EUS). Behind, the pace by Porte (SKY) and the move by Froome -breaking the group and dropping Valverde, who struggled to finish in 13th place- caught Quintana with 7k from the finish. After two unsuccessful attacks, responded by a strong Nairo, the race leader left Nairo behind with one kilometer from the summit. Despite the sour-sweet second place, the Movistar Team takes his white Young Riders' leader jersey back and is now 6th in the overall, 5.47 behind Froome, but just 1.22 off the podium.

The Tour de France will hold its second rest day on Monday, prior to a marathon of Alpine mountains starting with a complicated finish in Gap (Tuesday). A demanding ITT to Embrun will follow in Wednesday, with three infamous mountain stages as the last stops before Paris.

Article taken from Movistar Team News