Alberto Contador beats Nairo Quintana to win Route du Sud queen stage

Nairo Quintana can't keep up with Alberto Contador on the descent of the Port de Bales and finishes 13 seconds behind the Spaniard

Alberto Contador after a crash on stage thirteen of the 2015 Tour of Italy (Watson)

(Image credit: Watson)

Many say the winner of the Tour de France will come down to who is the best climber, but Alberto Contador showed descending is just as important as he won stage three of the Route du Sud.

The Spaniard, coming off the back of an impressive Giro d'Italia win just three weeks ago, battled it out with Nairo Quintana on the race's penultimate stage and rolled over the finish line 13 seconds ahead of the Colombian.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.