Climbing specialist Nairo Quintana won the mountain arrival in Arosa after a great performance.
Already at the end of Chur, the South American as the sixth overall took the opportunity to challenge the leader Richie Porte (BMC/AUS). Quintana quickly gained a 30-second lead – but not more. On the last 25 km a great pursuit race developed, in which Quintana had to do almost everything on his own, but Porte had an invaluable helper at his side in Olympic champion Greg van Avermaet (BEL). But from Litzirüti on it was just Quintana against Porte.
The difference was 22 seconds only at Obersee. Nairo Quintana (MOV/COL) moved up to second place overall, but this was of minor importance. The Colombian after his first professional victory of the year: “This mountain arrival was a big test for me with regard to the Tour de France. It confirmed that I was riding at a high level and that I was well on the way to my big goal for the season, the Tour de France. As first in the Giro d’Italia 2014, as well as winner of the Tour de Romandie 2016 and the Vuelta a España of the same year, the name Nairo Quintana is well placed in the Tour de Suisse stage winners’ list.
With Richie Porte, observers got the impression that he overwound his engine while forcing in Litzirüti. In the end, the Australian had to be happy that Jakob Fuglsang (AST/DEN) was able to catch up with him and set the pace.
“Yes, I suffered in the end. I literally exploded,” admitted Porte, who did not hesitate to address Quintana with words of appreciation: “He succeeded in doing a great job. I congratulate him on his success.”
It had been incredibly hard, added Porte, who had hardly found time to admire the mountain landscape. Still: “Maybe one day I’ll come back to Arosa as a tourist.” And although he had managed to extend his lead over other opponents in the overall standings, the wearer of the leader’s jersey didn’t want to know that he could no longer be deprived of the overall victory: “The final day is the day of the final settlement. Before that, I don’t think it’s appropriate to talk about overall victory.”Detail