ANNECY-SEMNOZ, France —
Quintana’s win also secured him the spotted jersey awarded to riders who harvest the most points on mountain climbs. He also retained the white jersey as the Tour’s best young rider. The 23-year-old wiped away tears in his stage winner’s news conference.
“It was fabulous,” he said after winning on his national independence day. “It’s a very special day in Colombia. A big party and the whole of Colombia is celebrating.”
With six miles still to ascend on the last and toughest of the day’s six climbs, Froome put on a devastating turn of speed that left Contador gasping. Froome, Rodriguez and Quintana then rode as a trio, leaving Contador further and further behind. Quintana rode away in the last stretch for his first stage win at his first Tour.