21 days, 21 pictures: The best images from the Giro 2018

28 May 2018
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We take a look at the most relevant shots from a brilliant Giro for Richard Carapaz, 4th overall for Ecuador and the Movistar Team in his maiden ‘Corsa Rosa’ appearance.

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The full Movistar Team roster at the start in Israel. Left to right: Chente García Acosta and Pablo Lastras (sports directors); Rafa Valls, Eduardo Sepúlveda, Dayer Quintana, Antonio Pedrero, Rubén Fernández, Víctor de la Parte, Richard Carapaz and Carlos Betancur.

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The race started off well for the Movistar Team, with Carlos Betancur in 11th place at the Jerusalem ITT and four riders within the top 30 finishers. It was, though, difficult to imagine what would come three weeks later…

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Israel offered some amazing landscapes, especially as the bunch crossed the Negev desert during stage three.

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From sand to vulcano rocks: the first show of Richard Carapaz’s condition for this Giro came at the Etna climb. Here, pictured with Dumoulin, Froome and Aru. He finished 7th, taking over a white jersey he wore for eight days.

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Two stages after the Etna, the moment of glory came at Montevergine, with a sharp attack under the rain and info the final 1.5km. Simply unstoppable.

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It was only his third pro victory in Europe, after the two notched up at the 2018 Vuelta a Asturias. Surely there’s much more in store for Richard in the future.

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Photo: LaPresse / Giro d'Italia

A day later, Carapaz confirmed his prowess. Atop the Gran Sasso, five big contenders completed stage nine together: Yates, Pinot, Chaves, Pozzovivo and a sensational Richard, 5th across the finish.

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The beginning of week two brought an awful DNF for Rafa Valls, who crashed out during stage ten. The Movistar Team’s road captain at the ‘Corsa Rosa’ broke three vertebrae.

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A day later, at the finish of Osimo (stage 11), Richard Carapaz tackled a real ‘wall’, the first finish for Richard on not-so-well-suited conditions and clear GC responsibility. The Ecuadorian finished in 11th place.

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At stage 12, finishing at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola, Carlos Betancur came just 300 meters short for victory. Pictured here, just after the finish, Matej Mohoric (TBM), one of the peloton’s best descenders, looks to the Colombian judgingly, later arguing about a lack of cooperation into the break – into the last descent.

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From playing with your idols’ stickers, to being one of them. Richard Carapaz received at the start of stage 13 in Ferrara a life-sized replica of the ‘figurina’ made by Panini for the 2018 Giro d’Italia album.

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Photo: LaPresse / Giro d'Italia

The day of suffering. Carapaz lost two minutes to Chris Froome at the grueling slopes of the Monte Zoncolan (stage 14), and conceded the Maglia Bianca to Miguel Ángel López (AST). The fight, fortunately, wasn’t over yet.

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Carapaz limited losses as much as possible during the second time trial -34km from Trento to Rovereto, on stage 16- to become 9th overall, with three demanding Alpine stages still left.

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At the former, with a Cat-1 finish up Pratonevoso (stage 18), Carapaz attacked, yet found swift response from López. He was still standing 9th overall…

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However, a brilliant performance at the Colle delle Finestre -where he was able to follow Dumoulin and Pinot, as Chris Froome launched his Giro-winning attack- made him gain four positions, up to 5th overall.

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Carapaz covers the dirt road section at the final 8km of the Colle delle Finestre, ‘Cima Coppi’ -the highest- in the 2018 Giro.

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A spectacular final jump into the last 500 meters of the Jafferau gave Carapaz a 18-second advantage over López at the finish. ‘Richie’ was now only 47″ behind the Colombian.

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At the mountain showdown, stage 20, finishing in Cervinia, Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) cracked due to illness as Carapaz improved his GC position once again: he was already in fourth.

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The last climb of this year’s ‘Corsa Rosa’ saw the most consistent Movistar Team all over the whole Giro, with Rubén Fernández, Víctor de la Parte (pictured) and Carlos Betancur leading the Ecuadorian out.

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Despite Carapaz’s furious attempts, López gave no room for success to the Movistar Team leader, finishing just one minute short to his maiden Giro d’Italia GC podium finish – in his first ever appearance in the race.

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The Ecuadorian crowds, ever more numerous during the race, were especially active during the last stage in Rome, where Carapaz confirmed his fourth place as biggest revelation of the event.