Carapaz has never been outside of the top three so far in Spain, taking the lead on stage six with some attacking riding and spending four days in the red jersey.
On the opening phase of the race he added: “The first week was pretty tough already in the medium mountains, and it started to show who the favourites were in the race. I had a good opportunity to get into red jersey early on, then we lost it again, but it kind of made the race much more exciting and fun, with the jersey going between me and Roglic. It’s been a battle for the jersey and it’s been good for the viewers to watch. I have had a good team to help me fight for the Vuelta.”
With the top four riders all within 35 seconds, the final week is shaping up to be a thrilling one. Carapaz is well aware of his rivals. He continued: “Well to be honest, a lot of the riders here have a lot of Grand Tour experience, and clearly (Hugh) Carthy has a lot of potential. On Angliru he showed that he was strong. Things will become clearer over the final week – we will see where we stand, and if we can win the Vuelta.”