Carapaz on the attack on stage seven

02 Jul 2021

Carapaz on the attack on stage seven

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Tour de France - Stage 7 » Vierzon › Le Creusot, 249.1km

Richard Carapaz put in a brave attacking performance on stage seven of the Tour de France.
 
The Ecuadorian launched a move over the top of the second-category Signal d’Uchon climb and went solo in a bid to take back time on his rivals. Despite opening out a gap of around 30 seconds on a reduced general classification group, the Grenadier was hauled back by the peloton after Movistar committed riders to the chase.
 
Caught on the line, Carapaz finished with a number of his GC rivals, in addition to teammates Geraint Thomas and Richie Porte. The group arrived 5:15 behind breakaway winner Matej Mohoric as the longest Tour stage in 21 years produced fireworks throughout.
 
A rapid pace from the start saw a talented group of 29 riders going clear, with Dylan van Baarle giving the team crucial representation within in. The break saw its advantage spin out to seven minutes, putting the chasing UAE Emirates team under immense pressure.
 
As the climbs arrived the pace remained high, and with the group becoming stretched Carapaz launched his move into the final 20km. Thomas was able to battle back after briefly losing contact on the climb. The Welshman sits 13th on GC, one place and 10 seconds behind his teammate with the race picture set to change again heading into a weekend in the mountains.
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- Geraint Thomas

"We knew there might be somebody from GC (in the break) – maybe not necessarily a classic GC guy – but someone from the GC. We kind of hoped that UAE would have to ride all day which they did. Obviously Van Aert is in a great position up there and the yellow jersey – it’s not every day you see the yellow jersey in a breakaway.
 
"It was a tough day and then obviously the last 80km, when it got smaller roads and up and down, it was just racing behind for position – then some tough climbs at the end."

On recovery from his crash...
 
"It was quite a big crash. It’s easy to talk myself into it that I’m okay. But it takes a lot out of you – as you can see with Roglic. But I tried – I didn’t want to go full, 100 percent. I was still in contact with 200 metres to go (to the summit) and I tried to just pace it then. It was okay in the end. I’m suffering but hopefully I’ll start to feel better soon."
Overall standings 

1. Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) 25:39:17
2. Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) +30”
3. Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) +1:49"
4. Matej Mohoric (Bahrain Victorious) +3:01"
5. Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) +3:43"
12. Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) +5:19"
13. Geraint Thomas (INEOS Grenadiers) +5:29"