Nairo Quintana bemoans 'most difficult stage' after Sky catch Movistar napping

Colombian looks to crucial ascent of Mont Ventoux to mount Tour de France challenge after Chris Froome steals more seconds on stage 11

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Colombian climber Nairo Quintana (Movistar) says that Wednesday's stage 11 to Montpellier was the most difficult in the Tour de France for him due to the flat and wind-ravaged roads in the south of France.

Quintana, five-foot five and less than 55kg, lost 12 seconds in the overall standings when race leader Chris Froome and his team-mate Geraint Thomas fired clear in the closing kilometres. The Team Sky pair joined world champion Peter Sagan and his Tinkoff helper Maciej Bodnar in fierce crosswinds, leaving Movistar powerless behind.

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