Nairo Quintana still believes as Tour de France enters his natural territory

Those who consider this Tour as good as over haven't seen the determination in Quintana's eyes as he promises to attack, attack and attack again

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) attacks Chris Froome (Team Sky) on the uphill finish of stage 14 of the Tour de France (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

It was a small climb, but Nairo Quintana (Movistar) used it to test Sky's Chris Froome and his rivals for the yellow jersey. When the Tour de France finished the three-kilometre rise to the airstrip above Mende, in France's southwest, he had dropped all his peers bar Froome, and moved from second to third overall in the process.

The next goal, however, is even harder: drop Froome. As strong as Quintana looked as he danced away from the peloton, he couldn't shake the yellow jersey from his back wheel — and in the final stretch it was Team Sky's leader who attacked, bursting clear and adding yet another second to his overall lead.

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