Round-up: Crash scuppers Carapaz GC bid

08 Aug 2020

Round-up: Crash scuppers Carapaz GC bid

Richard Carapaz lost the overall lead at the Tour de Pologne following a crash on stage four that hampered his chances of catching stage winner Remco Evenepoel (Deuceunick-Quick-Step).

Carapaz was caught in a crash with several teammates midway through the race but was able to return to the front of the peloton with the help of Michal Golas, before a well-timed Evenepoel attack with 50 kilometres to go distanced all the GC contenders. 

Eddie Dunbar and Carapaz led the chase but were eventually outnumbered and dropped back as Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) and Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) aimed to bridge the gap to the solo leader, but Evenepoel held on to win the stage and take the race lead. Carapaz battled to finish 16th on the stage, 3’21” down on the Belgian with one stage remaining in Poland. 

Unfortunately, Ian Stannard was forced to abandon the race after suffering an arm injury in the earlier incident and was taken to hospital for further checks. A medical update to follow.


Sport Director Matteo Tosatto

“Before the start of the race the plan was very clear for Richard and at the start the break had a lead of five minutes, so it all seemed in control. 

“Then there was a bad crash for Ian and Richard, Richard was able to come back into the group but didn’t feel good, then when Remco Evenepoel attacked it was all down to us to pull, with no collaboration from any other teams for 20km.

“In general we started well, we were communicating well on the radio and it’s just disappointing there was a crash. If there’s no crash, it’s a different story. The winner may still have been Evenepoel, but we would have performed differently."

Michal Kwiatkowski was the lead Team INEOS finisher at Milan-San Remo as the first Monument of the season produced a grandstand finish.

Kwiatkowski and Gianni Moscon came to the fore on the famed Poggio climb, with both riders hitting the front briefly in the closing kilometres. Moscon held a strong position heading into the final kilometre but it would be 2017 victor Kwiatkowski who would pick up the best result with 15th. Ben Swift finished just behind Moscon, with the pair taking 32nd and 33rd respectively.

After 305 kilometres the win came down to a two-man sprint with Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) holding off reigning champion Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step).