Giro de Italia (st. 12)
Colombian from Movistar Team caught with 300m remaining after dangerous attack through summit of Tre Monti; Ecuadorian gets back to bunch after dropping back into rain, stays with GC group to remain 5th overall in Giro.
A day very calm until the final phase of stage twelve in the 2018 Giro d’Italia, from Osimo to Imola (214km), changed completely due to the rain, which made for a quite more dangerous, lively race than expecteed. The Movistar Team had to recover from initial difficulty with its team leader, Richard Carapaz, before going on the attack and coming incredibly close to a stage victory.
‘Richie’ was dropped back together with his team-mates with less than 30km to go, into a second peloton training by almost half a minute over a leading group comprising about 60 riders. The pursuit by AST and TBM, which also had their team leaders into the G2, made possible for Carapaz and Betancur to launch a final acceleration to bridge back and avoid any major troubles. It wouldn’t be the last attack from the Blues: Richard, always attentive at the front through the ascent of Tre Monti (Cat-4), preceeded a powerful move from Carlos, with less than 7km to go.
Joined by Ulissi (UAD) and, already into the descent, by Matej Mohoric (TBM), Betancur came tantalizingly close to a win only neglected at the closing straight, with 300m left, as Sam Bennett (BOH) launched an early sprint to the win. Carapaz, away from any problems in the group (20th), stays in 5th overall, 1’56” behind Yates (MTS), in the eve of an even flatter finish on Friday -180km between Ferrara and Nervesa- which will anticipate the big mountains in the weekend.
Carlos Betancur: “I chose to stay until the end with Mohoric, because we knew that, even if he’s an excellent rider on the downhill, we could stand some chance if we waited for the sprint. It was awful not to be able to crown this at the end, we came so close, but I’m happy with this effort because I’m showing I’m in good condition, able to fight with the top guys. We got caught with just 300m to go – but that’s cycling.”
Richard Carapaz: “The team took a big effort to bring us back after the split formed up before the climb, we really got through this in good fashion. The response was immediate, as soon as we saw we were dropped. Most of my team-mates were pushing and some other squads with GC contenders at the second group helped us bridge back. I’m happy to see Betancur coming so close to a win – I’m sure he’ll improve his condition in the remainder of the Giro. On my side, I’m satisfied to remain in white for one more day.”
Picture (c): BettiniPhoto.net
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- 02 Danny Van Poppel LottoNLJumbo "
- 03 Niccolò Bonifazio Bahrain-Merida "
- 20 Richard Carapaz Movistar Team "
- 31 Carlos Betancur Movistar Team "
- 99 Víctor De la Parte Movistar Team +5'36"
- 129 Eduardo Sepúlveda Movistar Team +8'50"
- 133 Rubén Fernández Movistar Team "
- 166 Dayer Quintana Movistar Team +14'18"
- 168 Antonio Pedrero Movistar Team +16'03"
- 01 Simon Yates Mitchelton-Scott 51h57'55"
- 02 Tom Dumoulin Team Sunweb +47"
- 03 Thibaut Pinot Groupama-FDJ +1'04"
- 05 Richard Carapaz Movistar Team +1'56"
- 14 Carlos Betancur Movistar Team +3'29"
- 58 Víctor De la Parte Movistar Team +53'25"
- 97 Dayer Quintana Movistar Team +1h35'55"
- 118 Eduardo Sepúlveda Movistar Team +1h55'13"
- 119 Rubén Fernández Movistar Team +1h55'25"
- 123 Antonio Pedrero Movistar Team +1h57'26"