Then with 3kms to go, as the front group began to splinter, Pogacar opened up his throttle and rode the Movistar duo of Nairo
Quintana and Marc Soler off his wheel, soloing to victory on one of the most punishing climbs in this year's Vuelta.
Quintana celebrates crossing the line first after the 18th stage
Quintana Jumbo-Visma's Kruijswijk dropped one place to fourth, one minute and 47 seconds down, three seconds ahead of Groupama-FDJ's Pinot in fifth.
He was the leader of a powerful Colombian team at the 2018 world championships ahead of Nairo
Quintana and Miguel Angel Lopez, although all of them faded on the so called 'Hell Hill' at Innsbruck.
stage 17: Bagneres-de-Luchon - Saint Lary-Soulan-Col du Portet distance: 65km stage winner: Nairo
Quintana (Movistar) THE Brutal short stage which included three potentially racesplitting climbs ultimately turned out to have little effect on the GC.
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Quintana wears the pink jersey for the individual ride from Monza to Milan, with Vincenzo Nibali 39 seconds back.
Dutchman Tom Dumoulin has claimed his first ever grand tour victory by winning the Giro d'Italia, beating Colombia's Nairo
Quintana in the final stage time trial in Milan.
, spokesperson of the former committee, claims Aghbar has been recognised by the head by the Asian Olympic Committee and he is a member of both the international and Asian Olympic committees.
CHRIS FROOME failed in his bid to eat into Nairo
Quintana's lead as the Colombian effectively claimed victory in the Vuelta.
DUTCHMAN Robert Gesink won stage 14 of the Vuelta a Espana after a gruelling 196km trek through the Pyrenees, as leader Nairo
Quintana retained his 54-second advantage over Chris Froome.
JENS Keukeleire won stage 12 of the Vuelta a Espana as Nairo
Quintana retained the leaders' red jersey ahead of Chris Froome.