Movistar's Rui Costa wins Queen stage of the 2013 Tour de France in Le Grand-Bornand, notches up second Movistar Team success in this year's Grande Boucle and 16th in three years of Grand Tours. Nairo Quintana stays in 3rd overall; Valverde now into top ten

The third week of the 2013 Tour de France keeps smiling to the Movistar Team, victorious again on Friday with the same man who brought them their first stage win last Tuesday in Gap. Rui Costa claimed another convincing success in the toughest route of the race: 204km from Bourg-d'Oisans to Le Grand-Bornand with five hard rated climbs, including the Glandon and La Madeleine (HC) right from the start plus Tamié (Cat-2), L'Épine (Cat-1) and the Croix-Fry (Cat-1) in the final 70k of racing.

Always helped by team-mates Rubén Plaza and José Joaquín Rojas, the Portuguese rider was one of the 43 members of the biggest escape today, formed before the first ascent with just 10k covered. The easy pace into the bunch, with Sky pushing in the opening stages until Saxo-Tinkoff took control before the last climb, helped the attempt reaching twelve minutes of advantage, with several attacks including a move from Pierre Rolland (EUC), a long attempt neutralized by Costa himself. The Iberian attacked with eight kilometers from the top of the Croix-Fry, leaving the Frenchman behind and setting an impressive pace to reach the summit with more than a minute's advantage. Rui was able to keep the pace into the downhill to claim his sixth victory of the 2013 and the 19th of his pro career. It's also Movistar Team's 25th success of the year, taking their GT victory tally up to 16 -8 consecutive Grand Tours- and increasing the history list to 75 triumphs with their current sponsor.

Race report from Movistar Team News Blog