Nairo Quintana takes a solo victory, replicating his victory from two years earlier, and wears the Maglia Azzurra. Tomorrow’s stage honours areas hit by the earthquakes in central Italy.
Nairo Quintana won the queen stage of Tirreno-Adriatico atop the Monte Terminillo as he did two years ago. He soloed from 2km before the top and secured an advantage in the overall leadership of more than 30 seconds over Adam Yates (Orica-Scott) and 56 over Thibaut Pinot (FDJ). Wearing the Maglia Azzurra of race leader, the Colombian, along with the rest of the peloton will pay a tribute to the victims of the earthquake on stage 5 tomorrow in the centre of Italy.
1 – Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) 187km in 5’27’22”, average speed 34.273kph
2 – Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) at 18″
3 – Adam Yates (Orica – Scott) at 24″
1 – Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team)
2 – Adam Yates (Orica – Scott) at 33″
3 – Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) at 56″
Colombian Ambassador in Italia, Juan Mesa Zuleta, awards Nairo Quintana with the Maglia Azzurra
The stage winner and new Maglia Azzura Nairo Quintana said: “I had flu some days ago, so I remained cautious in the way I raced today. It went according to plan with all my team-mates escorting me to the bottom of the Terminillo. [Jonathan] Castroviejo managed to anticipate my action while Andrey [Amador] and Dani [Moreno] stayed with me until I attacked. The race isn’t over. I believe tomorrow’s stage is harder than today’s. I’d like to start the final time trial with the advantage I have now on GC. Tomorrow we’ll pay tribute to the victims of the earthquake. Riding on those roads with the Maglia Azzurra will be my way to give some joy to the people who have been affected. We’ll be there for them forever.”
Colombian riders have a total of three stage victories in the history of Tirreno-Adriatico, one in each of the last three editions: in 2015 with Nairo Quintana on the Terminillo, in 2016 with Fernando Gaviria at Montalto di Castro, in 2017 again with Quintana on the Terminillo.
Since Tirreno-Adriatico has been featuring big climbs, only Grand Tour winners have claimed those stage victories: Vincenzo Nibali at Prati di Tivo in 2012, Chris Froome at Prati di Tivo in 2013, Alberto Contador at Cittareale in 2014, and Nairo Quintana at the Terminillo in 2015 and 2017.