ANNECY-SEMNOZ, France — Nairo Quintana says cycling's fight against doping has helped him excel at the Tour de France by allowing his intense, high-altitude training to make a difference.
Along with soon-to-be Tour winner Chris Froome, the 23-year-old Colombian climbing sensation emerged Saturday as perhaps the biggest revelation at this 100th Tour.
On Colombia's independence day, Quintana landed a trifecta by winning the penultimate 20th stage in the Alps and earned two race jerseys — one with polka dots, awarded to the best climber, and the white jersey given to the best young rider.
The Movistar rider also moved up a notch in the podium placing, ousting two-time Tour champion Alberto Contador from second.
Ahead of Sunday's largely ceremonial ride to the finish on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, Quintana is all but assured of holding second and his honorific jerseys — just like Froome has locked up the yellow jersey.