Thursday July 18th, 2013

Stage 18Gap / Alpe-d'Huez

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Nairo Quintana: I've never been as happy as I am today

interview18.07.2013Stage 18- Gap / Alpe-d??Huez

The white jersey is virtually guaranteed for Nairo Quintana but now he's thinking about winning the climbing classification as well as finishing in the top three overall...

“As I was already tired this morning it was good to have a fresh stage, without really hot conditions – this suits me better because I didn't think I would have the legs to attack Froome at the finish.

“The objective is still to finish on the podium. It's a dream for me to achieve that. As for getting both – the climbing classification and a place on the podium – it's not done yet but it would be unreal.

“I've never been as happy as I am today: I've gone from sixth to third overall, I've taken one minute out of Froome's lead... I didn't realise that he had some problems but my timing was ideal. I had a bit of luck. Tomorrow and the next day are very hard stages so have to recover quickly and get ready for the challenges that lie ahead... but I accept that winning this Tour is no longer an obtainable objective – the gap to Froome is too big.”

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These five riders have won sprint stages of the 100th Tour de France. Of these five, who do you think will win in Paris?

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