Vuelta a Espana 2016: Stage 10 – Quintana conquers Covadonga, takes back red

On arguably the most difficult of a triptych in the mountains, on the iconic slopes to Lagos de Covadonga, Nairo Quintana took his first victory in the Vuelta and showed he’s the strongest rider in the race. Countering an attack by Alberto Contador whom he later left behind, he moved smoothly into top gear to overhaul Robert Gesink, the last man left standing from the break, who finished second just ahead of a resurgent Chris Froome, initially distanced on the climb. The stage shook up the GC, with the victor resuming rightful ownership of the red leader’s jersey.  
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