Carapaz seals second at La Vuelta

08 Nov 2020

Carapaz seals second at La Vuelta

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Vuelta a Espana - Stage 18 » Hipódromo de la Zarzuela › Madrid, 139.6km

Richard Carapaz crossed the line in Madrid to seal an impressive second place overall at the Vuelta a Espana.
 
Finishing just 24 seconds back on victor Primoz Roglic, Carapaz becomes the first Ecuadorian rider to finish on the podium of the Spanish Grand Tour.
 
Never outside the podium positions across the 18 stages, the 27 year old rode an aggressive race, spending five days in the red leader’s jersey and taking six top-five stage finishes.
 
A spirited ride in the stage 13 time trial gave Carapaz hope, keeping him in the battle and entering the final pair of GC tests 39 seconds back. Saturday’s finale on the Alto da La Covatilla saw the Grenadiers rider cut back some key seconds, but Roglic proved a worthy winner.
 
Carapaz made it six Vuelta podium finishes for the team, on a day that saw Chris Froome honoured for his 2011 race victory. The Brit was presented with the trophy ahead of the stage, which brought to close an incredible 11 seasons riding with the team.
 
Froome was joined in Madrid by Andrey Amador, Dylan van Baarle, Ivan Sosa and Cameron Wurf, after both Michal Golas and Brandon Rivera were forced to leave the race early.
Photo: Photo Gomez Sport

Photo: Photo Gomez Sport

Reaction

- Richard Carapaz

"For me it's really special to be on the podium in Madrid. Especially after this year with the COVID situation and all we had to live with at home. I had a different approach to this race but it's amazing to finish second at this Vuelta. I know I have a big potential and we will keep working with the team to seek another victory.

"I came to the Vuelta with the goal to do a great race and I think we have achieved it. I had the support and the aim to fight until the end. This podium means a lot to me, after 2019 Giro d'Italia I had to prove that my victory there wasn't a coincidence and I think I did it. I'm here to fight for more Grand Tours."

- Chris Froome on receiving his 2011 victory trophy

“It’s a really special victory. I have really special memories obviously looking back to this period, but also the way I was told about this victory, when I woke up the day after my big accident last year. I was in ICU still when I was told: ‘Congratulations, you’ve won La Vuelta.’ That was a really strange feeling. It was such a special race to me. It’s where I first discovered myself as a Grand Tour rider and a GC contender. It gave me confidence to then go on to the Tour de France, to keep targeting Grand Tours. I certainly hope next season I’ll be here in a different capacity.
 
“It's been an emotional day on my last day with the team. It’s been 11 years. I’m excited about what lies ahead but it’s also time for me to reflect on all the highs and lows of the last 11 years. 
 
“At the end of the day it was mano e mano a few times – Richard versus the other GC guys. On stages like Angliru and yesterday there are such small margins in it. Richard is happy – he feels like he gave everything, and the team should be really chuffed with that result, even though it wasn’t a victory."
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Overall standings
 
1. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) 72:46:12
2. Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) +24’’
3. Hugh Carthy (EF Pro Cycling) +1'15’’
4. Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation) +2'43’’
5. Enric Mas (Movistar) +3'36’’