Superb Carapaz doubles up

03 Sep 2022

Superb Carapaz doubles up

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Vuelta a Espana Stage 14: Montoro › Sierra de La Pandera, 160.3km.

Richard Carapaz put in a dogged performance from the breakaway to seal a dramatic solo victory on Sierra de La Pandera. 

Carapaz had been part of a 10-rider break before attacking his fellow escapees in the closing kilometres to reduce the size of the group before going solo with 3.5 kilometres remaining. 

The Olympic champion was clear of the break, but faced a battle against the chase group behind as Primoz Roglic (Jumbo Visma) attacked the GC contenders and was closing in on Carapaz. 

During the move from Roglic that distanced race leader Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha VInyl), Carlos Rodriguez was also able to accelerate and distance the maillot rojo. 

With the lead dwindling to seconds from minutes, Carapaz kicked in the final kilometre to hold the chasers off and record his second stage win in three days. 

Behind, Rodriguez finished fifth to take time back on Evenepoel ahead of Sunday's stern GC test on Sierra Nevada. 
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Richard Carapaz

"We knew that today was a very important stage for us, that we could repeat what we did the other day. The truth is that it took a long time to get away, but in the end I was there at the right time. I was able to attack, I went alone and then my breakaway companions joined me. 

"They came with me and then there was a pretty good collaboration. We have maintained the 4 minutes during the stage. At the end, I knew the climb very well. So, I tried to set my own pace, without losing hope, because I knew it was very hard.

"I started the race with a different objective to what I have now, I had it real clear that I was here for the general classification but in the end it’s not going to happen and my teammates are much stronger. Then when we got to the mountains in Asturias it was clear that the plan was going to change a bit. 

"We discussed that for me to win a stage was going to be really important. So we have focused on this and the team have really supported me and it’s special that we’ve made it, to have two victories in the Vuelta a España is really beautiful, it’s a big thing to achieve. It’s great for me, for the team, for my future, I’m a rider on a good level and to win this means a lot to me."
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