Carapaz second in Vuelta opener

20 Oct 2020

Carapaz second in Vuelta opener

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Vuelta a Espana - Stage 1 » Irún › Arrate, 173km

Richard Carapaz got the team's Vuelta a Espana campaign off to a strong start with second place on the opening stage.

The general classification battle burst into life early on the famous Arrate finish, with the Ecuadorian following a number of attacks as a select group of contenders formed early on in the Grand Tour.

Sprinting to second on the downhill finish, Carapaz now sits five seconds behind early race leader and stage one winner Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma).

The INEOS Grenadiers had pushed the tempo on the run-in, stringing out the bunch and making life hard on a day that saw a number of contenders lose time.

Dylan van Baarle and Andrey Amador had hit the front on the flat, with Brandon Rivera and finally Ivan Sosa taking it up on the climb. Attacks quickly followed, with the race blown wide open right from the off.
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- Chris Froome

“It was a great day for us with Richie coming second and being right up there for us on GC. He’s our team leader here and we’re going to be helping him as much as we can throughout the race to try and get us the victory overall.
 
“For me personally I got a bit caught out coming into the penultimate climb. I started pretty far back and got stuck behind the crash at the bottom there. I’m really happy to be here and happy to be racing a Grand Tour again after two years. I’m going to take the race day by day and just try and do as much as I can throughout the race.
 
“The sensations were good. I think I’m still missing a little bit of that top end from not having raced much. Today was definitely an improvement and I hope to keep building throughout the race.”
Stage one general classification:

1. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) 4:22:24
2. Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) +5"
3. Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation) +7"
4. Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott) +11"
5. Felix Grossschartner (Bora-Hansgrohe) s.t.