Carapaz climbs up to third

14 Jul 2021

Carapaz climbs up to third

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Tour de France - Stage 17 » Muret › Saint-Lary-Soulan (Col du Portet), 178.4km

Richard Carapaz put in a strong and measured late attack on stage 17 to finish third on the stage and move up to third overall at the Tour de France.
 
The Ecuadorian dug deep to stay on the wheel of yellow jersey Tadej Pogacar and nearest rival Jonas Vingegaard on the steep slopes of the Col du Portet. Pogacar’s attack saw only that trio go clear, with Rigoberto Uran becoming distanced.
 
Carapaz bided his time before launching an acceleration with 1.4km to go, attacking through the tunnel in a bid to win the stage. Despite Vingegaard initially losing contact, Richie was shut down and eventually finished third over the line, four seconds behind a victorious Pogacar.
 
The result ensured the Grenadier moved up to third overall, now 1:34 ahead of Uran, and now just four seconds behind Vingegaard.
 
Carapaz’s efforts were aided by an incredible turn from Jonathan Castroviejo. The Spaniard was the final teammate on the steep slopes, upping the pace before burying himself to help Carapaz bridge across following the initial acceleration of the yellow jersey.
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Overall standings:

1. Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) 71:26:27
2. Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) +5:39"
3. Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) +5:43"
4. Rigoberto Uran (EF Education-Nippo) +7:17"
5. Ben O'Connor (AG2R Citroen) +7:34"