A winning return to European competition for Nairo Quintana

"Miracles exist," says Colombian Nairo Quintana as he bounces back from injury and takes overall lead in Tirreno-Adriatico

Tough conditions for Nairo Quintana – and photographers – as he takes the win in stage five of the Tirreno-Adriatico (Watson)

Nairo Quintana returned to Europe this week after a difficult winter and immediately went on the attack, wining the Tirreno-Adriatico fifth stage and taking the overall lead in the process.

The Colombian, winner of the 2014 Giro d'Italia, left behind cycling's grand tour stars during a lethal attack in the final five kilometres up to Monte Terminillo ski station.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.