Quintana rode away from the big GC contenders at the 5 km to go mark and was never caught by Froome who crossed the finish today 1’20” behind Quintana.
It is traditional that the GC riders do not attack each other on the 21st day. The sprinters will be fighting it out for the stage victory in Paris.
Quintana will be taking the white, best young rider, second place on the podium and the yellow helmet for his part in the best team competition.
In order to claim the final prizes, the riders must complete the ride tomorrow.
Stage 20 standings General Classification
1. Thibaut Pinot, FDJ 1. Chris Froome, Sky
2. Nairo Quintana, Movistar 2. Nairo Quintana, Movistar
3. Ryder Hesjedal, Garmin 3. Alejandro Valverde, Movistar
4. Alejandro Valverde, Movistar 4. Vincenzo Nibali, Astana
5. Chris Froome, Sky 5. Alberto Contador, Tinkoff
The grande finale is a flat stage for the sprinters from Sevres to Paris with the dramatic circuit on the Champs d’Elysees.
For full race statistics take a looke at Le Tour and VeloNews
Stage 15 standings General Classification
1. Andre Griepel, Lotto 1. Chris Froome, Sky
2. John Degenkolb, Giant 2. Nairo Quintana, Movistar +3’10”
3. Alexander Kristoff, Katusha 3. Tejay Van Garderen, BMC +3’32”
4. Peter Sagan, Tinkoff 4. Alejandro Valverde, Movistar 4”02
5. Edvald Boasson Hagan, Qhubeka 5. Alberto Contador, Tinkoff 4’23”
No crashes were reported in today’s stage. Sebastain Langeveld, Garmin, was forced to abandon due to illness.
Stage 16 will take the riders 201 km to arrive in Gap. Tuesday will be a rest day, then they tackle the Alps.
All continued bloody and battered except Steve Morabito, FDJ, who broke his collar bone and was taken to the hospital. The grind continues to eliminate riders. Ramon Sinkeldam, Giant, withidres due to sickness. Eduardo Sepulveda BSE, also withdrew.
Stage 14 standings General Classification
1. Stephen Cummings, Qhubeka 1. Chris Froome, Sky
2. Thibaut Pinot, FDJ 2. Nairo Quintana, Movistar
3. Romain Bardet, AG2R 3. Tejay Van Garderen, BMC
4. Rigoberto Uran, Etixx 4. Alejandro Valverde, Movistar
5. Peter Sagan, Tinkoff 5. Alberto Contador, Tinkoff
Stage 15 will take the riders closer to the Alps. The run will be from Mende to Valence, a distance of 183 km. Four peaks will carry points for those first over.
Jean Christophe Peraud, AG2R, had a crash when trying to deal with the winds. He went down hard and slid along the road surface. He finished the stage wearing dressings on each arm and sporting a ragged jersey where it was ripped off his left hip. These riders wear helmets but that is their only protection.
The heartbreak kids jumped off the front of the peloton in a group of six only to be swallowed to the last man in the final 500 km.
Stage 13 Standings General Classification
1. Greg Van Avermaet, BMC 1. Chris Froome, Sky
2. Peter Sagan, Tinkoff 2. Tejay Van Garderen, BMC
3. Jan Bakelants, AG2R 3. Nairo Quintana, Movistar
4. John Degenkolb, Giant 4. Alejandro Valverde, Movistar
5. Paul Martens, Lotto 5. Geraint Thomas, Sky
It is beginning to look as if Alberto Contador, Tinkoff, will not reach his goal of top rider in both the Giro and the Tour de France in the same season. He is riding with a 4’ 4” deficit. Last year’s winner of the TDF Vincenzo Nibali, Astana, is riding with a 7’47” deficit.
The grand tour leaves Rodez for Mende in Stage 14, a distance of 178 km. No let up for the tired and damaged with a long climb at the finish with an average gradient of 10%.
Further reading and stats.
Joaquim Rodriguez crashed but finished the stage.
Teams must have five riders cross the finish line in Paris.
Serge Pauwels, Qhubeka, showed the world that the wild card team has quality riders on it. He made a strong bid for a stage win today but had to settle for fourth place. The star of the day had to be Rafal Majka, Tinkoff, who made an early break and maintained it for the stage victory. No one could catch him today.
Stage 11 Standing General Classification
1. Rafal Majka, Tinkoff 1. Chris Froome, Sky
2. Dan Martin, Garmin 2. Tejay Van Garderen, BMC
3. Emanuel Buchmann, Bora 3. Nairo Quintana, Movistar
4. Serge Pauwels, Qhubeka, 4. Alejandro Valverde, Mov
5. Thomas Voeckler, Movistar 5. Geraint Thomas, Sky
Alberto Contador is currently in 6th place. Last year’s winner Vincenzo Nibali, Astana, is in 11th.
Stage 12 is even more of the pain. The route from Lannemezan to the Plateau de Beille included one cat. 2, two cat. 1s and finishes the 195 day with a HC finish.
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