Fabio Aru won a Spanish grand tour that was filled with crashes, abandonments, and an ejection.
Movistar ready for another crack at Chris Froome in 2016 Tour de France — "Quintana was truly the strongest in the mountains."
Four upcoming stages at the Vuelta a Espana will most likely decide who wins the overall title. Andrew Hood previews the action.
The two-time Tour de France runner-up is now more than 3 minutes out of first in the Spanish grand tour.
Stages 8 and 9 at the Vuelta saw a reshuffling of the GC standings, with crashes and a steep finale leaving their mark.
Quintana erased any doubts, and confirmed his Vuelta intentions with an attack in the opening stage that he's in Spain to win.
The Vuelta will be another big opportunity for Nairo Quintana to take on cycling's best on a grand tour stage
The Briton is aiming to become just the third rider in history to win both the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana in the same year.
The pair is part of an elite field of GC riders heading to the Spanish grand tour that begins August 22.
Nairo Quintana joins a growing list of superstar GC contenders slated to start the 2015 Vuelta a España