TdF stage 20: Quintana crowned King of the Mountains

Stage 20: Annecy to Annecy-Semnoz, 125km

Nairo Quintana recorded his first Tour de France stage win as he danced his way to the top of the ski resort of Semnoz, earning the right to declare himself King of the Mountains. He’ll have snazzy red polka dots stuck onto his white young rider’s jersey in Paris tomorrow, while Chris Froome is now only a leisurely 133.5km away from winning overall.

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TdF stage 20 preview

Stage 20: Annecy to Annecy-Semnoz, 125km, high mountains

This is one short, sharp, brutal stage to finally seal the deal for the podium in Paris. The short stage means there will be attacks right off the bat and with six climbs, including a steep summit finish on a climb never used before at the Tour, the peloton might take a real kicking today on this final day in the Alps. Continue reading

Giro stage 20: Rivals melt away as red-hot Nibali seals victory

Stage 20: Silandro to Tre Cime di Lavaredo, 210km

Vincenzo Nibali provided the final exclamation mark on this weather-ravaged Giro, stamping his authority on the final mountain stage to record his second straight win. The red-hot Sicilian did not need to attack, but attack he did with hunger and purpose to burn off each of his rivals and emerge as a worthy champion. The formality of his coronation in Brescia awaits tomorrow. Continue reading