Route du Sud 2016Tour de France contender Nairo Quintana won the Route du Sud on Sunday for the second time following the 155km fifth and final stage.

Frenchman Arnaud Demarre won a sprint finish to claim stage honours ahead of compatriots Yohann Gene and Stephane Poulhies following eight laps of a circuit around the Clermont-Pouyguilles commune.

Movistar’s Quintana, 26, had already won this race in 2012 and was second to Spain’s Alberto Contador last year.

It is his only Tour de France build-up race after the Colombian opted to skip the traditional week-long stage races of the Criterium du Dauphine and Tour of Switzerland.

Quintana took control of the race by winning the hilly time-trial on Friday. – Agence France-Presse

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