Funny looking at Froome and Quintana staring at each other on the little flat section. Froome probably thinking he is in the box seat with the ITT ahead. Quintana thinking he has the upper hand as he is in red.
The duel is now on. Nairo knows he needs to gain time on Froome in the high mountains, but those are a different kettle of fish to Pena Cabarga. They both know that they've got the upper hand on everybody else, but don't know whether they've got the upper hand on their main rival.
Going head to head with Nairo up the Lagos de Covadongawas showed glimpses of the Alberto of 'old' - but sadly it proved only the most fleeting visit. He probably needs to accept the 'old' Albert is now gone for good - as he simply cannot hold his own any longer over three weeks against the two big boys who now sit atop the GC hill - and set next season out accordingly.
It's also dependable on how they rode the first couple of km's of Pena Cabarga. I remember that Purito rode the fastest last km: even faster then Horner did. But the pace at the bottom of the climb was higher in 2013 then it was in 2010.
Ouch. Could be the best thing for him in the long run though. At least now he'll go on the attack, hunting for stages. Better than slowly and painfully falling down the GC while wasting all the energy he could put to better use.
It is so great so see an attacking, positive champion like Froome absolutely destroying a negative rider like Quintana race after race.
We need more Froomes, less Quintanas in the peloton. Did you guys saw him "attacking" when the police were having trouble keeping the fans in line, so only one or 2 (with valverde) riders had space? Froome still owned his ***.
Would be interesting how it would have been if either Quintana's or Froome's attack would have worked, since they lost a few seconds looking at each other. Horners time probably would have been impossible tough.