Nairo Quintana re-writes Latin American cycling's history atop of Semnoz, claiming 2nd place overall in Tour as well as KOM and Young Riders' jerseys following very hard work by Movistar Team from start to finish. Outstanding Valverde (4th) ends in eighth spot

(Brief) The 2013 Tour de France saved a golden climax for Movistar Team, which completed a tremendous Grande Boucle with Nairo Quintana's victory in the final mountain stage. The Colombian closed his debut in the French grandtour in style, coming solo across the finish of the HC climb of Semnoz in Annecy, the end of a 125-kilometer stage 20 with five other rated climbs. The success by the rider from Cómbita was forged from spectacular work by all his team-mates, seizing control of the race from the very beginning to keep gaps short with a nine-man original breakaway that saw German Jens Voigt (RLT) jumping into the Mont Revard (Cat-1), the day's penultimate climb.

A short push from Sky reduced the 3-minute advantage from the escapee to almost zero at the foot the climb, with just eight riders at the front: race leader Chris Froome (SKY), team-mate Richie Porte, Joaquim Rodríguez (KAT), Saxo-Tinkoff duo Alberto Contador and Roman Kreuziger plus the three main riders of the telephone squad: Rui Costa and Alejandro Valverde took quality turns in the lead to split the group before Rodríguez, with Nairo on his wheel and Froome alongside them shortly after, jumped with 8km remaining. The Spaniard always kept the lead of the trio, before a move from Froome with only 1.2k from the finish threatened to ruin Quintana's chances. However, the Colombian reacted with calmness and launched his decisive attack just after the flamme route.

Elated with his arms in the air at the finish, Nairo claimed his fourth success of the 2013 season and Movistar Team's third in the race -26 to their season tally-, taking two extra prizes: the KOM jersey -for which he will pay another visit to the podium, his white jersey guaranteed already days before- and the 2nd place overall -best ever Latin American performance in the Tour- he will have to confirm tomorrow in the 133 kilometers of triumphant march towards the Champs-Élysées in Paris. Alejandro Valverde closed the brilliant ride from the Blues with his 4th place in the day, climbing up to eighth in the GC.

Race report from Movistar Team News Blog