Simon Yates and Nairo Quintana not only focused on each other in Vuelta GC fight

The pair went head-to-head on the summit finish of stage 13

Nairo Quintana and Simon yates on stage 13 of the 2018 Vuelta a España (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) rode clear of number one rival Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) on the Camperona climb, but admits that he has to deal with a much wilder field if he wants to win the 2018 Vuelta a España.

Oscar Rodriguez (Euskadi-Murias) won the 13th stage from an escape group, but behind, 2016 Vuelta winner Quintana rode clear with Yates on the short and steep finishing climb.

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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.