Carapaz equal on time ahead of climbing tests

30 Oct 2020

Carapaz equal on time ahead of climbing tests

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Vuelta a Espana - Stage 10 » Castro Urdiales › Suances, 185km

Richard Carapaz now sits in second place overall at the Vuelta a Espana, equal on time with rival Primoz Roglic.

The pair head into a GC weekend of climbing level pegging after Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) sprinted to victory on the uphill finish in Suances. 

With a three-second advantage added onto bonus seconds, it was ultimately stage placings that elevated the Slovenian into the red jersey after 10 stages.

Carapaz finished 14th on the stage, after his teammates had helped shepherd him safely into the final 3km. 

Chris Froome and Cam Wurf hit the front to begin driving the pace into final 12km, ensuring Carapaz remained well positioned. Dylan van Baarle and Andrey Amador later arrived back at the front with 6km to go to continue the process.
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- Richard Carapaz

"It was actually a very calm stage, but the finale was very nervous. A lot of teams we’re interested in being at the front. The team again did a great job in the finale, but Roglic was too strong today."

- Gabriel Rasch

"We need to be ready for everything - ready for Jumbo-Visma to put someone like Bennett in the break for example. We need to be there for Richie and protect him for as well and as long as we can.

"It's going to be a really hard weekend with a lot of super nice racing. I'm pretty confident Richie will do well. He's been looking forward to these two days in the mountains and they are climbs that suit him really well."
Overall standings:

1. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) 40:25:15
2. Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) s.t.
3. Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation) +25"
4. Hugh Carthy (EF Pro Cycling) +51''
5. Enric Mas (Movistar) +1'54''