Carapaz battles to second

15 Sep 2020

Carapaz battles to second

Tour de France stage 16: La Tour-du-Pin › Villard-de-Lans, 164km.

Richard Carapaz finished second after putting in a battling performance in the breakaway on stage 16, which was won by Lennard Kämna (Bora-Hansgrohe), with Pavel Sivakov fourth.  

Carapaz attacked on the penultimate climb of the day, distancing a select group of riders who were the remnants of a large break which had formed in the early part of the stage.  

Kamna was the only rider able to respond to the Ecuadorian's accelerations as they crested the category one Montée de Saint-Nizier-du-Moucherotte, and then was able to distance Carapaz on the descent and hold him off to take the stage win. 

Sivakov then rounded off a strong ride with a well-timed attack from the first chase group to cross the line fourth, before Carapaz was named 'most combative rider' of the day. 

Earlier, the INEOS Grenadiers had set the tone in the early stages, attacking from kilometre zero to put four riders in the break with Carapaz, Andrey Amador, Jonathan Castroviejo and Dylan van Baarle all making the selection. 

However, teams in the peloton deemed the break too large to go and the initial escapees were pegged back with several of the sprinters' teams eyeing the intermediate sprint bonuses.

They were unable to stop the second wave forming as Carapaz and Amador joined an initial group of 15 before Sivakov fought to join them - allowing the Grenadiers to work together until the penultimate climb when Carapaz's attack split the remaining riders before taking on Kamna in the final kilometres. 

Richard Carapaz

“I don’t feel disappointed for not having won today. We’re very happy with the work we’ve done. We can’t always win. Lennard Kämna was the strongest today. I did my best. I couldn’t do more.

"It’s a well-deserved triumph for him, and for me it means a lot to come second in a Tour de France stage. We have important days ahead of us. To win a stage would be the best for the team. We wake up every day with this dream and we hope to make it true.”
Sivakov worked hard to bridge to the breakaway, before biding his time to secure fourth

Sivakov worked hard to bridge to the breakaway, before biding his time to secure fourth


Pavel Sivakov

“It was a really really hard start it was really hectic it was a straight away from maybe 5km of starting the race. We all knew it was a day for the breakaway and we managed to put three guys in the break.

"Obviously it’s a bit disappointing to finish second, I don’t know if we could have managed it differently but it was a good day, at least we tried, we showed that we don’t give up, we lost the GC but we’re still there to win stages and already today we showed it. We’ll keep doing that for the last week.

“Today personally was a pretty good day for me, but I was not 100% and Richie was going really well and first I thought he won, actually when I crossed the line, so it’s a bit disappointing, but that’s how it is. We’ll keep fighting, for now the most important thing is the team spirit.”