Carapaz third to remain in Vuelta top three

22 Oct 2020

Carapaz third to remain in Vuelta top three

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Vuelta a Espana - Stage 3 » Lodosa › La Laguna Negra de Vinuesa, 166.1km

Richard Carapaz secured a third top finish in as many stages to remain in third place overall at the Vuelta a Espana.

A group of general classification contenders battled it out on the uphill finish of La Laguna Negra de Vinuesa - with Carapaz taking third place over the line and the four accompanying bonus seconds.

That solidified his overall position, now 13 seconds back on continued leader Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma). Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation) won the stage, with the trio finishing four seconds ahead of anyone else.

Carapaz retained the blue polka dot mountains jersey by two points, and was set up well by his teammates on the day.

On the approach to the climb it was no surprise to see the INEOS Grenadiers hit the front. Chris Froome, Andrey Amador and Ivan Sosa then took turns on the climb to create a fast tempo, putting Carapaz in prime position.
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- Chris Froome

"I'm just trying to do everything I can to help Richie out. He's in great shape and hopefully he's going to fight for the overall victory here. For me personally I think it's important to get a bit of that time in at the pointy end of the race to really try and find my old self again. 

"I felt good. I think positioning was a big thing today. I've been caught out the last couple of days with positioning so that made a big difference, just being able to be there at the front ready to do a job. It definitely felt like I had better legs on the final climb today. 

"[Richie] has come into the race feeling good. He didn't do too much between the Tour and the Vuelta so I think he's come in feeling quite fresh. He's also keen to try and make a difference early on."
Stage three result:

1. Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation) 4:27:49
2. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) +s.t.
3. Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers)
4. Wout Poels (Bahrain McLaren) +4"
5. Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana) +7"

Overall standings:

1. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) 12:37:24
2. Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation) +5"
3. Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) +13"
4. Enric Mas (Movistar) +32"
5. Hugh Carthy (EF Pro Cycling) +38"