Quintana beats Chavanel in Route du Sud time trial

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Nairo Quintana (Movistar) showed that he’s in good form ahead of Tour de France by beating Sylvain Chavanel (Direct Energie) by six seconds on the stage 3 time trial in Route du Sud. 

Chavanel started in the middle of the field and fully lived up to expectations by being the only rider to go below the 16-minute mark. Only Quintana’s Movistar teammate Imanol Erviti got reasonable close but he was 11 seconds off the pace in third place.

It soon became apparent that only Quintana could be a threat and the Colombian fully lived up to his own expectations by beating Chavanel by six seconds. To take the win, he only had to wait for the arrival of sprinters Arnaud Demare (FDJ) and Bryan Coquard (Direct Energie). Both did surprisingly well to take fourth and fifth respectively but they were both far behind the strong Colombian who takes the yellow jersey with an 11-second advantage over Chavanel and Coquard

He faces an even bigger test of his form in tomorrow’s queen stage. After a lumpy stat, the riders will tackle the mighty Coldu Tourmalet and the category 2 climb of Col des Bordieres in the second half of the stage. A short descent leads to the bottom of the final ascent, the category 1 Col du Couraduque (15.7km, 5.81%) where Quintana will try to make it two in a row in the French race.

Route du Sud 2016 – stage 3 results (ITT Albi):

1 Nairo Quintana (Movistar)

0:15:45

2 Sylvain Chavanel (Direct Energie)

+06”

3 Imanol Erviti (Movistar)

+17”

4 Arnaud Demare (FDJ)

+22”

5 Bryan Coquard (Direct Energie)

,,

6 Lluis Mas (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA)

+25”

7 Eduardo Sepulveda (Fortuneo – Vital Concept)

+29”

8 Anthony Delaplace (Fortuneo – Vital Concept)

+30”

9 Stéphane Rossetto (Cofidis)

+36”

10 Marc Soler (Movistar)

+39”

 

General classification after stage 3:

1 Nairo Quintana (Movistar)

7:16:44

2 Sylvain Chavanel (Direct Energie)

+11”

3 Bryan Coquard (Direct Energie)

,,

4 Arnaud Demare (FDJ)

+21”

5 Imanol Erviti Ollo (Movistar)

+22”

6 Luis Mas Bonet (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA)

+30”

7 Eduardo Sepulveda (Fortuneo – Vital Concept)

+34”

8 Anthony Delaplace (Fortuneo – Vital Concept)

+35”

9 Stéphane Rossetto (Cofidis)

+41”

10 Marc Soler (Movistar)

+44”

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