On Quintana’s territory

After the highest start at Pas de la Casa, col du Portet offers the highest stage finish at 2215 meters above sea level. Three years ago, Nairo Quintana imposed his climbing skills on a specific format of a 65-km long stage. This time around, he’s hunting for the polka dot jersey and it’s the right day for it. However, he’s no longer with powerhouse Movistar but with the small wild-card team Arkea-Samsic, now reduced to three men after some crashes. The fight for the King of the Mountains competition is probably the fiercest to expect as the yellow jersey looks like it belongs to Tadej Pogacar who will receive the support of a huge Slovenian crowd on the slopes of the Pyrenean ski resort of Saint-Lary-Soulan.

Nairo Quintana lors de l'étape Bagnères-de-Luchon/Saint-Lary-Soulan Col de Portet du Tour de France 2018
Nairo Quintana lors de l'étape Bagnères-de-Luchon/Saint-Lary-Soulan Col de Portet du Tour de France 2018 © ASO/Pauline BALLET

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