Andrey Amador and Movistar win best team in Tour de France

July 31, 2018

The Movistar team, including Costa Rican cyclist Andrey Amador, received the overall best team award on the podium after the 21st and last stage of the 105th edition of the Tour de France cycling race between Houilles and Paris Champs-Elysees, on July 29.

Geraint Thomas from Team Sky won the individual category with a time of 83 hours, 17 minutes and 13 seconds, but Team Movistar was the fastest team with a total time of 250 hours, 24 minutes and 53 seconds. They were 12 minutes and 33 seconds faster than their closest competitor, Bahrain-Merida.

Team Movistar’s top finisher was Mikel Landa Meana, who finished the race in seventh and Nairo Quintana finished 10th. Costa Rica’s Amador finished 50th overall.

While Amador couldn’t make his dream of winning a stage in the Tour de France come true at this event, he was a key part in his team’s victory in France. Aside from strong finishes, Amador stopped and gave his front wheel to his teammate, Nairo Quintana, after Quintana punctured his in the 17th stage. Quintana went on to win that stage.

A Movistar mechanic (C) helps Colombia's Nairo Quintana (R) change a wheel given by Costa Rica's Audrey Amador (L) after a puncture during the 17th stage of the 105th edition of the Tour de France cycling race, between Bagneres-de-Luchon and Saint-Lary-Soulan Col du Portet, southwestern France, on July 25, 2018. AFP Photo / Marco Bertorello

Here are some more shots from Amador and Team Movistar’s 2018 Tour de France race.

Costa Rica’s Andrey Amador (front) looks for the best aerodynamic position to reduce drag during a counter attack in the 19th stage of the 105th edition of the Tour de France cycling race, on July 27, 2018, between Lourdes and Laruns, southwestern France. / AFP Photo / Jeff Pachoud
Costa Rica’s Andrey Amador (front) rides in a breakaway group during the 19th stage of the 105th edition of the Tour de France cycling race, on July 27, 2018 between Lourdes and Laruns, southwestern France.  AFP Photo / Jeff Pachoud
Costa Rica’s Andrey Amador rides during the 16th stage of the 105th edition of the Tour de France cycling race, between Carcassonne and Bagneres-de-Luchon, southwestern France, on July 24, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Jeff Pachoud

 

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