Giro d'Italia (st. 20)
Ecuadorian climber -supported by strongest, most committed Movistar Team in this year’s ‘Corsa Rosa’- fights until last ascent to Cervinia for Maglia Bianca and podium finish, ends up only 47″ short.
The Movistar Team showed again on Saturday their love and respect to the Giro d’Italia, which has brought the Blues a big chunk of their most brilliant success in recent years. The Telefónica-backed squad will close the 101st edition of the race in Rome tomorrow with a confirmation of the world-class talent by the biggest revelation in the race – one of their own, Richard Carapaz.
The Carchí native finished 10th at the last, brutal mountain stage in the event -214km between Susa and Cervinia (Cat-1), with the prior climbs to Tsecore (Cat-1) and Saint Pantaléon (Cat-1) along the way-, and improved one place his overall result, from fifth to fourth, fighting until the very last moment for the white jersey and a spot on the podium.
As Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) cracked during the second climb, the role of Maglia Bianca holder Miguel Ángel López (AST) changed completely, becoming defensive, as Carapaz had even bigger reasons to go ambitious. The Movistar Team, always taking care of ‘Richie’, worked their hearts out for the Ecuadorian at the opening part of the Cervinia climb, picking up the pace with Rubén Fernández, Carlos Betancur and a brilliant Víctor de la Parte. All of that, before an attack by Tom Dumoulin (SUN) opened the real fire inside the GC group with 10km remaining.
Following lots of moves which did not open any real gaps, Carapaz chose to wait and launch one real attack, with strong, continued pace. He did so with 3km to go, López never losing sight of his back wheel and putting up with Richie’s pace until they were caught into the very sprint at the finish, 6’03” behind the day’s winner Mikel Nieve (MTS). Carapaz thus comes only one step short for a podium he really deserved, with his attacking spirit and big efforts during three weeks where he’s proven himself as one of the main future references of the Movistar Team.
REACTION / Richard Carapaz:
“I’m not disappointed at all – more on the contrary, I’m really happy with this result. The feelings I had during the Giro are the best I can take with myself back home in Ecuador: I could raise my arms as winner of a stage and fight until the very end for a great overall result. We tried to make a difference today, but López defended himself well, as well as the other podium contenders. Surely it was exciting to watch. Now there’s only one day left, which we’ll try to enjoy as much as possible. You’re always ambitious and aim for more, but there will be a time in the future to go for this race and other Grand Tours if we continue to work hard like we’ve done before this Giro, hopefully making history for my team and country.”
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- 01 Mikel Nieve Mitchelton-Scott 5h43'48"
- 02 Robert Gesink LottoNLJumbo +2'17"
- 03 Felix Grossschartner Bora-Hansgrohe +2'42"
- 10 Richard Carapaz Movistar Team +6'03"
- 18 Carlos Betancur Movistar Team +7'04"
- 29 Víctor De la Parte Movistar Team +14'56"
- 43 Rubén Fernández Movistar Team +24'57"
- 101 Dayer Quintana Movistar Team +45'32"
- 107 Eduardo Sepúlveda Movistar Team "
- 136 Antonio Pedrero Movistar Team "
- 01 Chris Froome Team Sky 86h11'50"
- 02 Tom Dumoulin Team Sunweb +46"
- 03 Miguel Ángel López Astana Pro Team +4'57"
- 04 Richard Carapaz Movistar Team +5'44"
- 15 Carlos Betancur Movistar Team +41'48"
- 40 Víctor De la Parte Movistar Team +2h08'19"
- 84 Dayer Quintana Movistar Team +3h54'36"
- 87 Rubén Fernández Movistar Team +3h59'36"
- 94 Antonio Pedrero Movistar Team +4h07'15"
- 98 Eduardo Sepúlveda Movistar Team +4h10'17"