Carapaz moves up at Blockhaus

15 May 2022

Carapaz moves up at Blockhaus

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Giro d'Italia stage nine: Isernia › Blockhaus, 191km.

Richard Carapaz sprinted to third at Blockhaus to move up to fourth on GC after a superb team performance to animate the stage and cause a GC shake-up heading into the second week.  

Carapaz sprinted from a small six-rider group to finish third after the gruelling climb which saw the Grenadiers combine well to reduce the peloton before the Ecuadorian attacked in the closing kilometres which led to the small group sprint. 

The result leaves the Olympic champion just 15 seconds behind race leader Juan Pedro Lopez (Trek - Segafredo) ahead of the second rest day. 

Earlier, excellent work on the flat part of the stage to keep the early break in check by Jonathan Castroviejo was followed by Salvatore Puccio and Ben Swift who increased the pace on the lower parts of the final climb to Blockhaus. 

As numbers started to dwindle in the peloton, Jhonatan Narvaez, Ben Tulett and Pavel Sivakov maintained the tempo to reduce the lead group to around 20 riders. 

Richie Porte then came to the fore and used all his experience to increase the pressure and setup Carapaz to launch his his attack. Only Mikel Landa (Bahrain Victorious) and Romain Bardet (Team DSM) were able to follow the move, with the trio quickly amassing a short lead. 

However, the chasing group were able to bridge to the leaders, which saw a group of six sprint for the line, where Carapaz finished third behind stage winner Jai Hindley (Bora Hansgrohe).