Carapaz second in GC showdown

28 Oct 2020

Carapaz second in GC showdown

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La Vuelta a Espana, stage eight: Logroño › Alto de Moncalvillo, 164km

Richard Carapaz battled to a superb second place in a gripping GC encounter on stage eight’s summit finish, won by Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma).

Carapaz and Roglic were the two remaining riders following a series of attacks and counters on the Alto de Moncalvillo finale until the Jumbo Visma rider accelerated to victory in the final kilometre. 

The Ecuadorian ride fought to reduce the deficit, but was unable to bridge the gap, as Roglic won the stage by 13 seconds to move up to second overall, 13 seconds behind race leader Carapaz. 

The stage’s summit finish always looked set to be the main battleground for the GC contenders and it did not disappoint. 

In the early stages of the ascent, Dylan van Baarle and Andrey Amador were able to close down early attacks, most notably from Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) who looked to gain an early advantage on his rivals. 

Hugh Carthy (EF Pro Cycling) was the first rider to test his rivals and he was able to escape a dwindling GC group, before Carapaz worked hard to bring him back and launch an attack of his own with two kilometres remaining. 

Roglic was the only one able to follow the Grenadiers man, but with neither rider keen to push too hard too soon, Carthy and Dan Martin briefly rejoined the pair until Roglic's final push within the last kilometre saw hm win the stage and close the gap to Carapaz overall. 
A tense GC battle on stage eight's summit finish

A tense GC battle on stage eight's summit finish

Reaction

Richard Carapaz

“It was a very animated stage and we’ve seen a strong performance from Roglic, but we’re still in the fight. 

"The truth is this duel has been quite nice and it motivates me because it makes it more for an exciting race, mostly for the fans but also for us with the level we’re riding at.

“It seems like we have a couple of easier days ahead of us but we’re racing and we don’t know what’s coming.”
Stage eight result 

1. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) 4:07:08
2. Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) +13''
3. Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation) +19''
4. Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana) +25''
5. Hugh Carthy (EF Pro Cycling) +33''

Overall standings

1. Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) 32:31:06
2. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) +13''
3. Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation) +28''
4. Hugh Carthy (EF Pro Cycling) +44''
5. Enric Mas (Movistar) +1'54''