The Spanish Rider Won The Red Jersey After The Individual Time Trial In Which He Was The Fourth Fastest.
Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) became the new leader of the Tour of Spain by cycling the red jersey to Nairo Quintana, the main defeated at the end of the 10th stage, a 36.7kms individual time trial won by the German and champion Of the world’s specialty Tony Martin.
Contador was the fastest quarter of the day on Tuesday and managed to steal time from most of his main rivals in the overall standings: he now has a 27 second lead over Alejandro Valverde, 59 seconds over Uran and 1’18s over Chris Froome. With a respected round of half, the Spaniard is now the main contender for the triumph after having dropped out of the Tour for a little over a month due to a crash that resulted in a tibia injury.
“No one could imagine that today could be dressed in red, is a huge surprise,” said the Tinkoff rider to the microphones of Spanish television TVE, adding that he believes”to win” the race.
Nairo Quintana was the great defeated of the day. At the start, the Colombian had only three seconds of advantage over the Spaniard, but with a little more than ten kilometers, Quintana crashed into a metal barrier, finishing on the asphalt. Despite the fall, the Colombian rode the bike again and tried to limit the damage, but was unable to prevent his name from leaving the top 10 overall – is now 11th, 3m25s of the first.
“We’ll see how I feel tomorrow [Wednesday]. My goal is to help Alejandro Valverde and we’ll see if I can still do anything on the mountain,”said Quintana at the end of the stage.
If the Colombian was the unlucky day, the disillusionment was the British Chris Froome. In theory, in the batch of candidates for the Vuelta victory, Froome was the one who was more at ease in the time trial, but the Sky leader was the 10th best record of the day.
This Wednesday, the 11th stage, between Pamplona and San Miguel de Aralar (Navarra) will be suitable for the climbers, with one more end up taken, the third of this Vuelta. The final climb will be particularly demanding with zones with a slope of 13%. With agencies.