Tour Colombia 2.1
Nairo Quintana won Sunday’s Queen Stage of his home tour with a display of attacking riding to net his 37th win for Movistar Team. With teammate Winner Anacona providing a springboard on the final climb, Nairo then found himself in a select group of Colombian climbing talent with Ivan Sosa, Egan Bernal (both Team Sky) and Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana).
Briefly distanced from Lopez after an overzealous fan fell into his path and then seeing Sosa recovering to bridge up to the leader, the stage played out with Sosa and Lopez engaging in some ill-timed cat and mouse tactics in the finale, allowing Quintana to surge past and take the win and move into 5th on GC.
Tour de la Provence
Edu Prades recorded his first win for Movistar Team in France as the Catalan all-rounder launched a ferocious sprint in La Ciotat to outgun a group of 10 riders, including all of the favourites, for his first win in a Spanish stage race.
It’s a dream for me. Changing teams, reaching the WorldTour and achieving a victory so early in the season with your new squad is amazing. It gives me confidence, and it helps the whole team – I feel like I’m paying them back for the effort they took to bring me here and put that confidence on my shoulders.
Vuelta a Murcia
World Champion Alejandro Valverde recorded yet another podium finish as his consistent start to the season continued in his home region of Murcia over the weekend. The Cresta del Gallo looked tailor made for Valverde to launch an attack and his team-mates delivered him in perfect position to light the afterburners on the final approach to the summit. Cresting the climb alone, Alejandro was joined by Luis Leon Sanchez on the descent and with the Astana team holding the race lead, Sanchez was able to sit in during the run in to the finish and took both the stageand GC with Valverde content with his 10th top 10 finish of the year.
Racing in my home region with this jersey on for the last two days already was a victory for me. Every race I take the start of has that special feeling in the rainbow colours. If I’m able to win after that, it’s even better, but I feel like we’re doing just fine at the moment.
Setmana Ciclista Valenciana
Endura’s representatives in the women’s peloton, Movistar Team Women and Bigla, are both in training camps in Spain ahead of the first stage race of their campaigns, the four day long Setmana Ciclista Valenciana, won by Bigla’s Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig in 2017.
With the DH World Cup season still a couple of months away, the Atherton Racing crew are training hard and putting in a stack of testing on their new race bikes on dusty trails in the south of Spain and the mud of Dyfi.
After a brilliant cyclocross campaign, Cameron Mason is marking the end of the season with a big kit giveaway, including one of his sharp looking Endura – Pedal Power skinsuits. Head over to Cameron’s Instagram to enter.