Astana knows better than to wait for the Puerto de Cotos. 2015 showed that.Because Lopez and Pogacar are pure climbers and if they need to attack to gain even MORE time now they will need to attack from farther back. Quintana WILL lose the podium and because of Quintana it's very possible NOW that Valverde will also lose the podium. Valverde is NOT a pure climber like Lopez and Pogacar are. Just really wish he would NOT have been brought to the Vuelta in the first place and very glad he out of the team at the end of the season. Still find it funny that he had to sign with a Pro Conti team.
The other teams were NEVER going to allow Valverde into that break. That was not ever going to happen.