Quintana dominates at Route Du Sud

Nairo Quintana, aboard his fi’zi:k Antares 00 saddle and racing for Spanish team Movistar, answered fellow Tour de France favorite Chris Froome’s (fi’zi:k Antares R1) Criterium du Dauphiné victory with a superb win of his own at the five-stage Route du Sud.

A week after Froome’s triumph, the 26-year-old Colombian showed he’s ready to do battle at the Tour (from 2 July), repeating his 2012 triumph after finishing safely in the pack. It proved a fruitful final stage for fi’zi:k after FDJ’s Arnaud Demare (fi’zi:k Arione VS) took the sprint.

‘It’s a very important victory,’ Quintana said of his triumph. ‘I was coming into the event following long weeks of altitude training at home in Columbia and it’s good to confirm I’m in good form.’

Quintana’s teammate, Marc Soler (fi’zi:k Antares 00), consolidated his second place overall, primarily achieved after a breakthrough stage victory on Saturday.

In fact, Movistar enjoyed a good week’s work throughout the team as Jon Izagirre (fi’zi:k Aliante) finished second at the Tour de Suisse. Izagirre followed up his dominant display at Saturday’s 16.8km time trial, where he beat TT legend Fabian Cancellara by 19 seconds, with third on the ninth and final stage.

Unfortunately, there was little chance of catching race leader Miguel Angel Lopez, who might have only carried an 8-second lead into the final day, but plummeting temperatures atop Albula Pass forced the organizers to shorten the stage from 117km to just 57km.

Further fi’zi:k riders slipstreamed Izagirre into the top-10 overall with Cannondale Pro Cycling’s Andrew Talansky moving up to fifth, 22 seconds ahead of BMC Racing’s Tejay Van Garderen (fi’zi:k Aliante VSX) in sixth. Both men will now prepare for the Tour de France.