Tour de France 2020: Nairo Quintana leaves the top 10 on stage 17 after being abandoned during the first climb

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Nairo Quintana seems to come out of the top 10 of the Tour de France 2020, after being abandoned during the first climb of stage 17.

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.

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