Dayer Quintana has won the last stage of the Colombia Oro y Paz in Colombia. He arrived solo on the last climb of the day. Egan Bernal may add the overall victory to his palmares.
The early escape today consisted of 33 riders in Colombia. Tao Geoghegan Hart, Sebastián Henao (Sky), Nathan Brown, Julian Cardona (EF Education First-Drapac), Antonio Pedrero, Dayer Quintana (Movistar) and Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) attacked. The escapees drove to a maximum gap of about four minutes. The first two intermediate sprints of the day were a prey for Miguel Rubiano. It was striking that he managed to stay ahead of Gaviria at the second intermediate sprint.
César Nicolas Paredes had clearly chosen for the early escape to be able to take the mountain classification, where he was second at the start of the stage. On the first climb of the day, the Cerrito, he had to leave Jordan Parra alone. Lucas Haedo came third on top of the climb of the third category. On the second climb of the day, however, Paredes did not play any significant role. Johnatan Cañaveral took the full blow, for Rodrigo Contreras and Jorge Camilo Castiblanco.
The winner of the first two intermediate sprints decided to leave the leading group in the descent of the second climb of the day. With 28 kilometers to go he started a solo, which he managed to sustain about six kilometers. After this, Fernando Gaviria decided to launch an attack, hunting for the maximum number of points in the intermediate sprint. Parra joined him a little later.
Fireworks on the final climb
Contreras was not satisfied with the state of affairs, so decided to drive forward as well. He did not immediately distance himself from his last competitors. With ten kilometers to go on the final climb he had about 30 seconds ahead of four pursuers and almost three minutes ahead of the suit. Movistar led the climb on behalf of leader Nairo Quintana.
While the lone leader had a hard time in the final stages, Egan Bernal was the first of the favorites to attack. Daniel Felipe Martinez soon joined the 21-year-old talent. Geoghegan Hart paused for a short time and was able to help his Colombian teammates. Something he did with complete devotion, because he was completely parked any time later. In the last hundred meters Contreras was overtaken by Dayer Quintana, who rode away with much power.
Bernal came in second behind the winner, for team mate Sebastián Henao. In the background the peloton was completely dismembered. Nairo Quintana was not close enough to approach Bernal to keep him off the final victory. He finished second in the general classification. Rigoberto Uran finished third in the first edition of the Colombian stage race.