Nairo Quintana leaves behind Alberto Contador to win Tour of Catalonia

Colombia’s Nairo Quintana held on to his lead over Spain’s Alberto Contador to win Tour of Catalonia for the very first time earlier on Sunday.

Nairo successfully defended his 7 second advantage over Contador in Sunday’s last stage, an 8 lap ride over 136.4 kms (84.7 miles) up and down Montjuic hill overlooking Barcelona, Spain.

Aleksei Tsatevich, the Russian rider, won the 7th stage in a sprint along with Primoz Roglic of Slovenia. Quintana, the Movistar rider, stayed very close to Alberto from the beginning on Sunday and his lead was not in jeopardy for a single time. He ended with the same 7 second gap he carried into the last stage, becoming the 3rd Colombian to win this race after Hernan Buenahora did it in 1998 and Alvaro Mejia in the year 1993.

Nairo took the overall lead in Pyrenees earlier on Thursday. Ireland’s Daniel Martin, the 2013 champ, ended 3rd overall — seventeen seconds behind Quintana. Richie Porte, the defending champ from Australia was in 4th spot.

Quintana told that this was really very exciting and a point of great pride to defeat this type of rivals. This offers him confidence and shows that he is on the right track going into the Tour of France. It does not show that he is ahead of anyone, but it shows that he has been doing a great job.

It was Tour of Catalonia’s 96th edition.