El Cóndor de Boyacá
Stage 17 of the 2018 Tour de France was the most highly anticipated Grand Tour stages in years – barely 65 km long but packing in over 3000 metres of elevation. Such an explosive parcours with a summit finish on the Col du Portet high in the Pyrenees was destined to be the domain of the pure climber, and the pure climbing machine. Nairo Quintana ascended above the rest. Aboard the superlight Ultimate CF SLX, the Colombian put down one of the climbing performances of our age.
THE WINNING TEAM
The race is run. Its winner crowned. The Maillot Jaune has found a new home for the next year. All that’s left are reflections on one of the most open Tours de France in a decade. Beyond the battle for yellow, the race inside the race saw action from beginning to end. Movistar Team once again made it onto the final podium in Paris after a hard-fought victory in the Team’s Classification. As predicted, the Spanish outfit was on the offensive throughout the race with blue jerseys attacking each time the peloton hit the mountains.