Carapaz powers into Vuelta lead

25 Oct 2020

Carapaz powers into Vuelta lead

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Vuelta a Espana - Stage 6 » Biescas › Aramón Formigal, 146.4km

Richard Carapaz continued a landmark day for the INEOS Grenadiers by riding into the race lead at the Vuelta a Espana.

An inspired performance from the Ecuadorian saw him push on up the final Formigal climb, distancing a number of key rivals including overnight leader Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma).

Finishing 12th on the stage amid a breakaway group that contained teammate Dylan van Baarle, Carapaz elevated himself into an 18-second overall race lead as the Vuelta arrived at its first rest day.

On a cold and wet day, Roglic was unable to follow moves from Carapaz and Hugh Carthy (EF Pro Cycling), eventually dropping 43 seconds to the Grenadiers rider. Ion Izagirre (Astana) held on from the breakaway to win the stage, with Van Baarle coming home in 14th.

The result capped off a superb day for the team, with Tao Geoghegan Hart clinching overall victory at the Giro d'Italia.

Overall standings:

1. Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) 24:34:39
2. Hugh Carthy (EF Pro Cycling) +18"
3. Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation) +20"
4. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) +30"
5. Enric Mas (Movistar) +1:07"