Tour de France Stage 20: Uran Top Finisher as All Team Riders Arrive Safely
Etixx - Quick-Step will be ready for Paris tomorrow as all riders made the time cut on Saturday.. Rigoberto Uran was the top finisher, in 90th place of the 110.5km 20th Stage of Le Tour de France, from Modane Valfréjus to Alpe d'Huez.
Thibaut Pinot (FDJ.fr) won solo, just 18" ahead of Nairo Quintana (Movistar) in 2nd. Ryder Hesjedal (Cannondale-Garmin) was 3rd. Quintana went on the attack with help from teammates Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), and Winner Anacona (Movistar) along the 13.8km, 8.1% average gradient climb with 21 hairpin turns. He went full gas on his final chance to take the yellow jersey from Chris Froome (Team Sky), but Froome was also well supported from Richie Porte (Team Sky) and Wout Poels (Team Sky) along the way to help protect his advantage. Froome finished 5th on the final Alpine stage and the penultimate stage of Le Tour, and still has a 1'12" advantage over Quintana in the overall after the hectic stage.
Etixx - Quick-Step will be going for a 4th stage win in the 109.5km 21st Stage of Le Tour de France on Sunday to wrap up the three-week grand tour, as Mark Cavendish will try to arrive victorious if there is a bunch sprint finale on the Champs-Élysées in Paris. Tony Martin won stage 4, Zdenek Stybar won Stage 6, and Cavendish was victorious in the 7th Stage. Tony Martin also wore yellow for several stages before having to withdraw after a crash. Etixx - Quick-Step chose to be protagonists in the second and third week of Le Tour, with Matteo Trentin, Michal Golas, and Uran all entering breakaways of various stages. Rigoberto Uran is the top rider in the GC, in 42nd place overall.