MADRID, March 20, 2013 (AFP) – Colombia’s Nairo Quintana won the 180km
third stage of the Tour of Catalonia from Vidreres to the Vallter 2000 ski
resort on Wednesday.
Quintana pipped Spaniards Alejandro Valverde and Joaquim Rodriguez in a
tough uphill finish to claim the win.
The Colombian’s Movistar team-mate Valverde took over the leader’s jersey
from Belgium’s Gianni Meersman and sits four seconds ahead of both Joaquim
Rodriguez and Bradley Wiggins.
Last year’s Tour de France winner Wiggins had attempted to break clear and
win the stage with one kilometre remaining, but was quickly pegged back by
Thursday’s fourth stage is the longest of the race, a 217.7km ride from
Llanars to Port-Aine which will again conclude with a mountaintop finish.
The seven-stage race concludes on Sunday.
1. Nairo Quintana (COL/MOV) 5hr 01min 20sec, 2. Alejandro Valverde
(ESP/MOV) at 7sec, 3. Joaquin Rodriguez (ESP/KAT) same time, 4. Bradley
Wiggins (GBR/SKY) s.t., 5. Thibaut Pinot (FRA/FDJ) 9, 6. Peter Stetina
(USA/GRM) s.t., 7. Michele Scarponi (ITA/LAM) s.t., 8. Przemyslaw Niemiec
(POL/LAM) s.t., 9. Rigoberto Uran (COL/SKY) s.t., 10. Domenico Pozzovivo
1. Alejandro Valverde (ESP/MOV) 12hr 45min 22sec, 2. Joaquin Rodriguez
(ESP/KAT) at 6sec, 3. Bradley Wiggins (GBR/SKY) 10, 4. Michele Scarponi
(ITA/LAM) 13, 5. Przemyslaw Niemiec (POL/LAM) 13, 6. Nairo Quintana (COL/MOV)
22, 7. Robert Gesink (NED/BLA) 36, 8. David Lopez (ESP/SKY) 36, 9. Daniel
Martin (IRL/GRM) 36, 10. Peter Stetina (USA/GRM) 41