Carapaz fifth at Giro despite crash

17 May 2022

Carapaz fifth at Giro despite crash

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Giro d'Italia - Stage 10 » Pescara › Jesi, 196km

Richard Carapaz was able to animate the closing kilometres of stage 10 at the Giro despite a brief crash earlier in the stage.

The Ecuadorian went down with around 78 kilometres to go but was quickly back in the peloton with his teammates. The stage had potentially looked like one for the sprinters but ended up being far more selective due to an aggressively raced finale.

A group of just 28 riders crossed the line together in Jesi, with Carapaz able to sprint to fifth, narrowly missing out on a few bonus seconds. The Grenadiers had upped the pace late on, with Carapaz himself even launching a momentary acceleration as the GC contenders sounded out their rivals.

Carapaz remains fourth overall, just 15 seconds back on the pink jersey as we approach the half way point of the race. Richie Porte slipped back four places to 20th in the closing stages.
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- Richard Carapaz

"In principal today's stage seemed like it was going to be an easy one, but in the end it was a bit complicated. There was a moment when we were descending and there was a lot of tension and I ended up coming down on one side, but I’m fine, nothing serious happened, just a bit of road rash. 

"The guys did an amazing job, towards the end I was feeling good, I tried to go to see if there was a possibility to take some seconds by not letting it come down to a sprint, but in the end I came fifth on the stage amongst the sprinters, so I’m pretty happy with that."