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Gilbert wins rapid stage as Quintana rides into overall picture

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor September 12, 2019 13:34

Gilbert wins rapid stage as Quintana rides into overall picture

Philippe Gilbert claimed a second stage victory at this year’s Vuelta a Espana as Nairo Quintana rode himself back into overall contention with a fine performance in the breakaway on stage 17.Starting the day in sixth, seven minutes, 42 seconds behind race leader Primoz Roglic, Quintana finished ten seconds behind Gilbert to leapfrog team mate Alejandro Valverde into second place after gaining five minutes on the red jersey.The Colombian now sits 2:24 back, with two of his favoured mountain stages still to come as the race nears its conclusion.Valverde is 2:48 behind, while fourth-placed Tadej Pogacar looks to be out of contention for a podium spot at 3:42 behind Roglic.Thursday’s (September 12) stage 18 sees the riders tackle four punishing category one climbs over 177.5km between Colmenar Viejo and Becerril de la Sierra in the Madrid region.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor September 12, 2019 13:34

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