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Contador Races to Downhill Victory at RDS

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June 20, 2015 – Alberto Contador underlined his Tour de France potential in beating Nairo Quintana to win the third stage of the Route du Sud on Saturday.

AFP/Yuzuru Sunada

Although there is still another stage to go in the four-day race across the south of France, Saturday’s 181km mountainous run from Izaourt to Bagneres-de-Luchon in the Pyrenees was always viewed as the decisive stage. The 32-year-old Tinkoff-Saxo leader attacked Colombian Quintana on the final climb of the day but although he could not drop him, Contador made the difference on the descent into the finish.

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He came home 13 seconds ahead of the Movistar leader and will almost certainly now win the race. Both riders sprung a surprise by entering the Route du Sud instead of traditional pre-Tour warm-up races the Criterium du Dauphine or Tour of Switzerland. For both it is their final race before the Grand Boucle begins on July 4 in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

They will be among the favorites for overall victory alongside champion Vincenzo Nibali and the man he deposed, Chris Froome. Young French climber Pierre-Roger Latour, 21, took third on the stage in Bagneres-de-Luchon.

Final 17 Kilometers of Stage 3

Results Stage 3:
1. Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo 4:48:05
2. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 0:00:13
3. Pierre-Roger Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:35
4. Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:00:48
5. Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Bretagne-Séché Environnement
6. Miguel Angel Rubiano (Col) Colombia 0:01:03
7. Alberto Gallego (Spa) Rádio Popular ONDA Boavista 0:01:59
8. Julien Loubet (Fra) Team Marseille 13 KTM
9. Federice Figueiredo (Por) Rádio Popular ONDA Boavista
10. Nathan Brown (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team

General Classification:
1. Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo 13:11:04
2. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 0:00:17
3. Pierre-Roger Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:41
4. Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:00:58
5. Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Bretagne-Séché Environnement 0:01:31
6. Miguel Angel Rubiano (Col) Colombia 0:02:06
7. Alberto Gallego (Spa) Rádio Popular ONDA Boavista 0:03:06
8. Julien Loubet (Fra) Team Marseille 13 KTM
9. Federice Figueiredo (Por) Rádio Popular ONDA Boavista
10. Nathan Brown (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team