The hard work from Movistar Team through the whole 35th Vuelta a Burgos was paid back on Sunday with a resounding success by Nairo Quintana. The Colombian proved one more time in the 2013 season his impressive climbing abilities after a restless, 170-kilometer trek on the Queen stage of the Spanish event, with no less than seven rated climbs. The telephone squad took control of the situation from the beginning, with Gutiérrez, Jesús Herrada, Intxausti and Plaza neutralizing the original, five-man breakaway into the Cat-1 climb of Pasil de Rozavientos, 30k from the finish. The 17-rider elite group at the summit still contained four Blue units, as José Herrada, Szmyd and a remarkable Visconti protected Quintana perfectly to the foot of Neila, when an attack from Nibali (AST) took Basso (CAN), Arroyo (CJR) and Nairo with him.

A second acceleration from Arroyo with less than 3k remaining forced Nibali to react, countering the Spaniard's move and taking Quintana on his wheel. Nairo kept the pace extremely high and pushed solo until the very line to increase the gap -the GC already decided on his favour- to half a minute over Arroyo. The Movistar Team leader -Blues upping their season tally to 28, just one victory less than the whole 2012 season- claims his sixth win of the year (second GC after País Vasco) and the 15th in his short pro career, before heading to Colombia on Tuesday to prepare for the late-season races and receive national honours following a joy-filled 2013.

Article taken from Movistar Team News Blog