Quintana, which had already lost time in stage 15, started to lose contact with 14 km of the brutal Col de la Madeleine, 76 km from the finish and still with the Col de la Loze to come.The Arkéa-Samsic rider turned to his best early 2020, winning consecutive stage races in France before the coronavirus broke, which catapulted him to favorite status after struggling on the Tour since 2016.
But Quintana’s preparation was compromised in the weeks leading up to the Tour when his was hit by a car while training at home in Colombia.
While the 30-year-old did not suffer any serious injuries, he had to spend a week away from the bike to recover from the fall, which hurt his 2020 ambitions.
Despite a crash on the first stage in appalling weather conditions in Nice and another crash on stage 13 at Puy Mary, Quintana was still comfortably seated in the top 10 overall as the 15th stage approached at the Grand Colombier .
But under pressure from Jumbo-Visma, Quintana broke down on the Colombier 13 km from the summit, losing nearly four minutes at the finish.
The bad news continued for Quintana during the enormous GC day on stage 17 at Col de la Loze as the peloton cleared up on the Madeleine, Quintana losing contact before the rest of the overall contenders .
Speaking before the stage, Quintana knew he was going to have a difficult lap: “The final is spectacular and I will surely have to suffer because I am not 100% after my crashes.
“I won’t have much fun.”
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Having started the day in 10th place, 5-34 in the lead, Quintana lost nine minutes as he descended the Madeleine and slipped practically far on GC.