Nairo Quintana was the figure of stage 17 of the Tour of Spain, played this Wednesday between Aranda de Duero and Guadalajara, over 219.6 kilometers, in which the leader, Primoz Roglic retained the red shirt, and the win went to Philippe Gilbert.
The Colombian got into a leak and discounted time, went from seventh to second place in the general.
“It has been a great stage. The team was always there, supporting me, the strategy is very good. Alejandro (Valverde) at the wheel of the leader, and we took advantage of the day, ”said the Boyacense cyclist.
And I add: “We have been able to move, we hope that health will improve. Anything can happen any day. ”
Nairo regained time and got back into the fight for the title. His team, Movistar, already has the second place and the third in the classification.
“I'm a little better than cough. We hope tomorrow (Thursday) in the mountain stage to go a little better. I have given everything today, it is not easy to shoot with these people of more than 70, 80 kilos. The team helped me protect, I was in the head since the start and it worked out well, ”said the 29-year-old.
“As soon as it was not planned, we had another strategy, but it worked out well. When you get tired your legs you pedal with your heart ”he declared.