Winner of the Tour of Italy last year, Richard Carapaz took power in the Vuelta 2020 from the 6th stage, also seizing the opportunity when the Slovenian Primoz Roglic, jersey so far, showed signs of weakness.
“We worked very well this week, with good results and today we tried again,” said the Ecuadorian, 27, greeting his team Ineos Grenadiers. “We conducted the stage very well and it’s the work of the whole team. I spoke with Andrey (Amador, his teammate, editor’s note) and as it was good in the rain, we decided to go down very quickly (after the 2nd difficulty of the day, editor’s note) to see how it reacted to approach the final. We tightened up the race a bit for a few and Movistar got into it too. I knew the climb well and knew where to accelerate. I attacked at the right time. Now there are still a lot of stages and we will defend this red jersey, but it is a luxury to be able to defend it. “
Richard Carapaz is 18 seconds ahead of Britain’s Hugh Carthy (EF Pro Cycling) and Ireland’s Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation) 20. Dispossessed of his red jersey, Primoz Roglic now points to 4th position at 30 seconds.