Carapaz second ahead of Vuelta GC decider

06 Nov 2020

Carapaz second ahead of Vuelta GC decider

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Vuelta a Espana - Stage 16 » Salamanca › Ciudad Rodrigo, 162km

Richard Carapaz goes into Saturday’s general classification decider at the Vuelta a Espana in second place overall – 45 seconds off the race lead.
 
The Ecuadorian sprinted to fifth place on stage 16 in Ciudad Rodrigo, as a select group of riders contested the finish. Race leader Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) edged his way into second over the line, carving out another six bonus seconds to add to his advantage.
 
The INEOS Grenadiers had looked to make the day as tough as possible, pushing the pace over the top of the El Portillo climb with Dylan van Baarle, before Andrey Amador set the pace on the descent.
 
They kept the pressure on along the approach to the first category Puerto El Robledo, with Cameron Wurf, Ivan Sosa and Van Baarle working hard. With the breakaway caught, a host of teams then hit the front in a bid to contest the stage win.
 
Amador worked hard to play the wingman role for Carapaz on the run-in – with attention turning quickly to stage 17 and the summit finish on the Alto de La Covatilla.
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- Gabriel Rasch

"We’ll support Richie as best as we can tomorrow. Everyone knows it’s a hard finish on the Covatilla. Anything can happen up there and we’ll give it our best shot.
 
"Today we wanted to go over the climb onto that descent first because we knew it was technical and pretty bad in places. We wanted to make sure we were safe there and be in a good position to begin the final climb.
 
"Tomorrow it’s a super hard climb up to the finish. We’ll support Richie for as long as and as best we can. Hopefully other teams will also be looking to put the pressure on."
Stage 16 result
 
1. Magnus Cort Nielsen (EF Pro Cycling) 4:04:35
2. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) s.t.
3. Dion Smith (Mitchelton-Scott) s.t.
4. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) s.t.
5. Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) s.t.
 
Overall standings
 
1. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) 60:20:31
2. Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) +45’’
3. Hugh Carthy (EF Pro Cycling) +53’’
4. Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation) +1'48’’
5. Enric Mas (Movistar) +3'29’’