Movistar controlled but did not finish: Quintero's victory

The Colombian Carlos Quintero (Manzana Postobon) took the first stage of the Vuelta a Asturias. A day that controlled Movistar without a prize.


The Colombian Carlos Quintero was the winner of the initial stage of the Vuelta a Asturias and he donned the leader's blue jersey. It was the fastest of the group of chosen, a score of runners who were planted with options in the goal of Pola de Lena, an arrival with slight slope upwards where the Manzana Postobon was the strongest. "I wanted to try it before, but I held back knowing that the end was good for me" , he said after raising his arms. A triumph in which he had to overcome the Movistar cyclists, who could not put the icing on the work they did during the day.

Los telephone, with the block that will be present in the next Giro d'Italia, accepted all responsibility. In the last ascent to Carabanzo, whose descent led to the finish, they led the hunt for the escaped Mancebo and Turek. Mikel Landa was left in front printing pace and controlling in a group that also marched the Ecuadorian Richard Carapaz and José Joaquín Rojas, who came to be in the flight but ended up saving as a trick for the last meters.

Since, the power of Quintero prevailed in the final meters, the Venezuelan Aular (Matrix) was second, and Carapaz, third, while Rojas, who started from behind, entered fourth. This Saturday, the second stage between Soto de Ribera and Cangas de Narcea, with the ascent to the Sanctuary of Acebo (9.2 km to 8.2%) in its route, but this time not as a finish line, but will be crowned 19 km from the arrival and its descent will be decisive to select the winner.



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