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Short but explosive stage delivers surprising Carapaz second stage win and the pink jersey

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Fireworks was predicted, the fireworks we got. The short but explosive mountain stage between Saint-Vincent and Courmayeur delivered on expectations more than in, but not with the expected winner. The Ecuadoriaan Richard Carapaz drove on the steep Colle San Carlo road of the group of favourites and had to finish enough ahead to take both the stage win as the pink jersey to claim. Roglic follows a handful of seconds.

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Only 131 miles and more than four thousand meters of altitude: the fourteenth stage of this Tour of Italy was among many riders with red circled. Barely fourteen flat kilometers, this was a stage inviting action.

And action we got, from the start. After barely seven km course was the ascent of the first colle of the day, Verrayes, it rained all attacks. And this time it was not luitenanten who were becoming active now, but the leaders themselves. Simon Yates tried early on from beneath to mice but Roglic did not commit. Even more, the Slovenian favourite had a clear meaning in and showed the pace of bags. So we were soon a group of fifteen along with all of the big names. There were hardly… ten kilometers gekoerst.

What was the intention of Roglic? He wanted his challengers to isolate? Probably. But when that didn’t work, let the Go be making eventually a large group could come and join. The roaring start got no sequel and that gave eight riders the opportunity to get the pack to leave. Climb two of the day, the Verrogne, was a measure for nothing. The eight escapees (excluding compatriots) peddelden two minutes before the peloton from where Jumbo-Visma the pace maintained. The first gunfight was clearly followed by a ceasefire.

During the ascent of the third climb of the day reason still four riders to the head of the course with Gallopin, Caruso and Izagirre. We had twelve leaders, with a number of riders – Caruso (Bahrain-Merida) and Izagirre (Astana) – which is clearly in command of their leaders on the road were sent.

Colle San Carlo

The key point of the stage was evident in the Colle San Carlo. A sample of ten kilometer climb with an average gradient of almost ten percent. Of the top of the San Carlo to arrival Courmayeur was still only 25 kilometres, which is another five kilometres uphill.

The twelve escapees started with barely a minute and a half lead to the dreaded climb. The gc group had a clear ambition: to win and the belonging time bonuses. Vincenzo Nibali threw the first rock the boat. Roglic cleaved at the wheel of the Shark. Carapaz, Landa and Lopez hooked their trolley. But understanding each other were the five that initially, a large group was able to return. Victims? Mollema but especially Ilnur Zakarin and certainly in the pink sweater Jan Polanc whose rich after today, sung was.

Speldenprikjes widely were followed by a serious acceleration of Richard Carapaz. The Ecuadoriaan, yesterday already strong on the final climb, immediately hit a gap. Reactions from Nibali and Lopez were too short and Roglic didn’t feel the need to Carapaz, in the general classification two minutes, all right back to grab.

Carapaz weakened not and had on the top of the San Carlo, a thick half-minute lead on the group Roglic-Nibali.

Dangerous descent

The Colle San Carlo, has not only a steep climb but also a rapid descent. The site of Vincenzo Nibali, who tried his co-pursuers under pressure to convert. Roglic and co gifts, however, no shrinkage and also Carapaz drove a strong descent, that he and forty seconds ahead of the slotminuut to Courmayeur, especially as behind the Ecuadoriaan the favorites once again at each other, started to look.

What remained were eight tricky but not insurmountable kilometers in the direction of Courmayeur. Carapaz maintained his pace while behind his back there are more to each other than to for looked. The Ecuadoriaan of Movistar ran consequently effortlessly to his second victory of this Giro and jump in the general classification to second place on the new pink jersey Primoz Roglic.

That stage:

1. Richard Carapaz (Ecu)

2. Simon Yates (Gbr) at 1’32”

3. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) 1’54”

4. Rafal Majka (Pol)

5. Mikel Landa (Spa)

6. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col)

7. Pavel Sivakov (Rus)

8. Primoz Roglic (Slo)

9. Joe Dombrowski (USA)

10. Damiano Caruso (Ita) 2’01”

General classification:

1. Richard Carapaz (Ecu)

2. Primoz Roglic (Slo)