Grenadiers prepared for key weekend

20 May 2022

Grenadiers prepared for key weekend

Giro d'Italia stage 13: Sanremo › Cuneo, 150km.

Richard Carapaz remains second overall at the Giro d'Italia after the INEOS Grenadiers safely navigated a fast and technical finale to stage 13.  

With the early break staying away until the final kilometre, the pace was high in the peloton, which managed to catch the escapees to lead to a reduced bunch sprint won by Arnaud Demare (Groupama - FDJ). 

The Grenadiers combined well together on technical finish which saw a host of roundabouts in the closing three kilometres to ensure Carapaz heads into a key weekend 12 seconds behind race leader Juan Pedro Lopez (Trek - Segafredo). 

With over 7000m of climbing, stages 14 and 15 could prove pivotal in the race for the maglia rosa. 

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Ben Swift

“I think these four days [stages 10-13] were highly underestimated. We looked at it on paper and it looked easy and it’s been far, far from it. The team has been incredible on these days as they have been all race. Having a guy like Richie makes my life so much easier, you don’t have to constantly look around, you just know that he’s going to be there so you can crack on with what you’re doing 

“We got through these four stages, even moved up and gained seconds and unfortunately for Team DSM they’ve lost Romain Bardet and that’s quite a big thing. Now we’re going into terrain that hopefully suits us better. 

“I think stage 14 is going to be one of the hardest days of the race, a little bit like on stage eight. Again on paper, it may not look the toughest, but we’re still going up Superga two times tomorrow. Also, I think a lot of people are going to be tired as that last 100km today was rapid. Let's see what tomorrow brings."
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Overall standings

1. Juan Pedro Lopez (Trek - Segafredo) 54:37:23
2. Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) +12"
3. Joao Almeida (UAE Team Emirates) s.t.
4. Jai Hindley (Bora - Hansgrohe +20"
5. Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) +28"