Carapaz finishes second at Giro d'Italia

29 May 2022

Carapaz finishes second at Giro d'Italia

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Giro d'Italia - Stage 21 » Verona › Verona ITT, 17.4km

Richard Carapaz completed a set of Grand Tour podiums for the INEOS Grenadiers as he confirmed second place overall at the Giro d'Italia.

The Ecuadorian finished strongly with the 10th fastest time in the concluding Verona time trial, securing his overall position after a hard-fought three weeks.

A 1:25 advantage to leader Jai Hindley (Bora-Hansgrohe) proved to be unassailable across the short, 17.4km finale. In the end the Australian took an impressive victory by 1:18 after a decisive attack on Saturday's final mountain test.

Carapaz had held the maglia rosa for six days and was supported by his Grenadiers teammates. Jonathan Castroviejo, Salvatore Puccio, Ben Swift, Jhonatan Narvaez, Pavel Sivakov and Ben Tulett all completed their Grand Tours in Verona, with Tulett setting a superb fifth fastest time. Richie Porte was sadly unable to make the finish after falling ill, but played a key role in the mountains of his final Grand Tour.
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- Richard Carapaz

"I’m pretty happy in the end, it’s been a hard Giro and I’m satisfied with the result. Yesterday, I had a bad day, it wasn’t the best day on the bike, and I think in the end it was the strongest who won. The Giro is a race that I have always really liked, I’m not sure if I’ll return next year yet, but for sure one day. 

"The result was a good result in the end, it was a spot on the podium that I fought for, I’m content with second place, it’s still a great result for me, and above all for the team as well. We always want to win, but this is the situation that we’ve found ourselves in, I think that I’ve shown myself to be at a good level over the last couple years, and one day I’ll return to the Giro. 

"In the end I have good memories from this race, I feel like a lot has happened during it, it’s been a beautiful experience to wear the pink jersey again. It reminded me of my time in pink back in 2019, it’s always a special experience to wear the jersey."