Nairo Quintana claimed the 19th Colombian stage victory at the Tour de France and the third this year after two bunch sprints by Fernando Gaviria, making the South American nation the most successful so far. The Movistar climber took the highest summit of the 105th edition in a solo move in the last climb to col du Portet. Geraint Thomas extended his lead in the overall ranking.

146 riders took the start of the 65-km long Pyrenean stage in Bagnères-de-Luchon. One non-starter: Philippe Gilbert (Quick Step). The top 10 riders on GC had a special position on the starting grit but Tanel Kangert (Astana) was the first attacker in the first kilometre. Nicolas Edet (Cofidis) was first to rejoin him but 5km before the first summit at Peyragudes, Kangert was alone in the lead again with an advantage of 25’’ over Jesus Herrada (Cofidis), Kristijan Durasek (UAE Team Emirates) and Julian Alaphilippe (Quick Step) who continued his quest for the King of the Mountain title. The Frenchman was second to the Estonian at the top.

Source: Le Tour

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