Nairo Quintana had the best legs on Montagne du Lure and managed to put enough time on his rivals to take the overall win at the Tour de la Provence.
TotalEnergies pushed the pace before the final climb and caused some splits on a small descent, but everything settled down as the peloton reached the base of Montagne du Lure.
Groupama-FDJ and Quick-Step led the peloton for almost half the climb. After last member of the early breakaway was caught, Arkea-Samsic hit the front with a sharp team attack and launched Nairo Quintana.
After a set of attacks he managed to distance Julian Alaphilippe who was the only rider capable of following his initial move. Quintana had the legs and went solo inside the final four kilometers, with Alaphilippe and Sosa behind chasing.
Julian Alaphilippe was the man to beat but he was later caught and dropped by the chasing group from where Mattias Skjelmose emerged to finish in the second place with Matteo Jorgenson in third.
Quintana took 37s on his closes competitors, 47s on Alaphilippe and 1:21 on former race leader Filippo Ganna.
¡Campeón Nairooooooooooooooo! 🇨🇴🇨🇴 ¡Campeón Nairo Quintana! Qué orgullo verte volar de nuevo cóndor ¡Impresionante remate del de Cómbita! Que se corona campeón del Tour de la Provence.
— Señal Deportes (@SenalDeportes) February 13, 2022