Carapaz secures second in Catalunya

27 Mar 2022

Carapaz secures second in Catalunya

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Volta a Catalunya - Stage 7 » Barcelona › Barcelona, 138.6km

Richard Carapaz made sure of second place overall at the Volta a Catalunya with an active showing on the final day.

The week-long race concluded with the traditional Montjuic circuits, creating an exciting finale. Carapaz attacked up the main climb on the penultimate lap in a bid to put race leader Sergio Higuita (Bora-Hansgrohe) under pressure.

Yet as the race came back together, it became clear that overturning the 16-second deficit would be almost impossible. In the end the Ecuadorian finished 10th on the stage, ensuring an overall podium and an encouraging week, following Saturday's stage win.

Despite a depleted team, both Jonathan Castroviejo and Carlos Rodriguez rode hard on the final day to help support Richie, as well as keeping the race together at key times.

The team were also in action in Belgium, with Gent-Wevelgem producing an exciting race in the sun.

Ben Turner was the team's top finisher, coming home in the chasing group behind a four-rider breakaway. Biniam Girmay (Intermarche-Wanty) made history as the first African winner of the race.

Turner (28th) was a strong presence in the race, making his way into moves and constantly positioning himself well at the front of the peloton following key climbs. Dylan van Baarle was also present in a number of moves and finished just off the back of the group (41st).

Sadly Jhonatan Narvaez was unable to complete the race following a crash on the entry to the first ascent of the famous Kemmelberg.

The Classics action continues on Wednesday with Dwars door Vlaanderem.