Colombian Nairo Quintana moved back into the leader's red jersey of the Tour of Spain with a stunning ascent to win Monday's 10th stage. Chris Froome battled back after being dropped early in the 12.2km special category climb to the end of the 188.7km ride from Lugones to Lagos de Covadonga to finish third on the stage and move up to third in the general classification, 58 seconds back on Quintana. Alejandro Valverde is just one second ahead of Froome in second overall.
Where’s that offensive line when you need them?! During the biking portion of a triathlon in Ireland over the weekend, Shane O’Reilly was cycling through Phoenix Park when, out of nowhere, an inconsiderate deer popped out of the bushes and slammed into him. Photographer Erik Scraggs captured the moment, which you can see here via RTE’s Twitter account: The deer knocked him off his bike but thankfully left him without major injuries, so he finished the race anyway. O’Reilly spoke with RTE about it afterwards: 30-year-old Mr O’Reilly, from Backrock in Co Dublin, said he was left with a cracked helmet. He said: “The helmet definitely saved me. Apart from that my shoulder was a bit sore and had a
Colombian Quintana launched a late attack on the final climb of the 188-km stage from Lugones to Lagos de Covadonga to pass Robert Gesink and held his own for the remaining 2.4 km of the stage, finishing 24 seconds ahead of the Dutchman. Tour de France winner Froome produced a strong display on the second half of the final climb to overtake fellow favourites Alberto Contador and Alejandro Valverde and end the race third, one second behind Gesink. Quintana leads nearest challenger and Movistar team mate Valverde by 57 seconds and Froome by 58, while Contador dropped two minutes 54 seconds behind the leader in fifth after finishing the stage in eighth place.