GUADALAJARA – Philippe Gilbert claimed a second stage victory at this year’s Vuelta a Espana as Nairo Quintana rode himself back into overall contention with a fine performance in the breakaway on stage 17.
Starting the day in sixth, seven minutes, 42 seconds behind race leader Primos Roglic, Quintana finished ten seconds behind Gilbert to leapfrog team mate Alejandro Valverde into second place after gaining five minutes on the red jersey.
The Colombian now sits 00:02:24 back, with two of his favoured mountain stages still to come as the race nears its conclusion.
Valverde is 00:02:48 behind, while fourth-placed Tadej Pogacar looks to be out of contention for a podium spot at 00:03:42 behind Roglic.
"We knew how to move, and hopefully I’ll get better physically," Quintana said after team mate Nelson Oliveira conceded his breakaway effort had not been planned for by Movistar.