Vuelta a Espana: Carthy storms to victory, Carapaz takes sole GC lead

By Sports Desk November 01, 2020

Hugh Carthy climbed to his maiden Grand Tour stage win on the daunting Alto de l'Angliru and Richard Carapaz took a 10-second lead in the Vuelta a Espana on Sunday.

EF Pro Cycling rider Carthy went on his own with just over a kilometre to go on the gruelling 109-kilometre 12th stage from La Pola Llaviana and went on to celebrate the biggest victory of his career.

Carapaz, Enric Mas and Aleksandr Vlasov crossed the finishing line 16 seconds after British rider Carthy, who moved up to third in the General Classification.

Primoz Roglic was unable to react when Carapaz made a move late in the stage, and so the INEOS Grenadiers rider will start the final week as the man to catch.

Jumbo-Visma's Roglic had spent three days with the same time as Carapaz, but it was the Ecuadorian who took the initiative towards the end of a testing day, taking in three category-one climbs.

Slovenian Roglic appeared to feel the strain on the steeper sections and finished fifth on the day, with Dan Martin dropping behind Carthy into fourth in the GC standings.

Breakaway riders Guillaume Martin and Luis Leon Sanchez were reeled in with 11km to go on the fearsome Angliru and it was Carthy who had enough in the tank to go it alone and pull off a magnificent win.

 

STAGE RESULT

1. Hugh Carthy (EF Pro Cycling) 03:08:40
2. Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana) +00:16
3. Enric Mas (Movistar) +00:16
4. Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) +00:16
5. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) +00:26

CLASSIFICATION STANDINGS

General Classification

1. Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) 48:29:27
2. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) +00:10
3. Hugh Carthy (EF Pro Cycling) +00:32

Points Classification

1. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) 147
2. Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) 104
3. Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation) 100

King of the Mountains

1. Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) 76
2. Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) 30
3. Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma) 27

What's next?

A rest day awaits, before Carapaz will look to extend his lead on Tuesday in a 33.7km individual time trial which will be mainly flat by the sea before a 1.5km steep climb to finish on the Mirador de Ezaro.

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    Primoz Roglic clinched a second successive Vuelta a Espana title by finishing the processional stage safely as Pascal Ackermann won a photo finish in Madrid.

    Roglic lost time on stage 17 on Saturday but not enough to take the red jersey from him, the Slovenian effectively ensuring he would retain the title.

    His victory was confirmed in the Spanish capital, where a thrilling sprint saw a dramatic conclusion to the 18th and final stage of the last race of the season.

    Bora Hansgrohe led matters going into the final kilometre of the 139.6km route and it was they who were celebrating at the finish as Ackermann edged Sam Bennett on the line.

    Roglic also takes the green points jersey, with Guillaume Martin named King of the Mountains.

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    STAGE RESULT

    1. Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) 3:28:13
    2. Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) Same time
    3. Max Kanter (Sunweb) Same time
    4. Jasper Philipsen (UAE Team Emirates) Same time
    5. Jasha Sutterlin (Sunweb) Same time

    CLASSIFICATION STANDINGS

    General Classification

    1. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) 72:46:12
    2. Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) +00:24
    3. Hugh Carthy (EF Pro Cycling) +01:15

    Points Classification

    1. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) 204
    2. Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) 133
    3. Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation) 111

    King of the Mountains

    1. Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) 99
    2. Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) 34
    3. Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) 30

  • Vuelta a Espana: Roglic set to retain title despite late Carapaz scare Vuelta a Espana: Roglic set to retain title despite late Carapaz scare

    Primoz Roglic will retain his Vuelta a Espana title in Madrid on Sunday despite Richard Carapaz threatening to inflict more penultimate-stage heartbreak on the Slovenian.

    David Gaudu stormed up La Covatilla to claim a magnificent second stage victory of this year's Vuelta, but it was further down the mountain where the drama was unfolding.

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    Hugh Carthy, third in the General Classification standings, made a move with 4.5km to go, yet Roglic and Carapaz reacted and were able to follow the Brit again when he burst away for a second time.

    Roglic and Carthy could not catch Ecuadorian climber Carapaz when he decided the time had come to make one massive final push to try and win the race 3km from the end of the gruelling 178.2km stage from Sequeros.

    A shattered Roglic looked to be in trouble as he faded and was left isolated as INEOS Grenadiers rider Carapaz darted up the mountain, with the leader struggling on the steeper sections.

    Carthy also moved away from Roglic, but the reigning champion dug deep to cross the line 21 seconds after Carapaz, who will have to settle for second place.

    Roglic endured the agony of sensationally losing his Tour de France lead to Tadej Pogacar on the decisive stage in September, but he was not to be denied on this occasion despite the best efforts of Carapaz in an enthralling battle.

    A second Grand Tour title will be Rogic's at the end of a 124.4km flat processional ride from Hipodromo de la Zarzuela to Madrid on Sunday.

     

    STAGE RESULT

    1. David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) 4:54:32
    2. Gino Mader (NTT) +00:28
    3. Ion Izagirre (Astana) +01:05
    4. David de la Cruz (UAE Team Emirates) +01:05
    5. Mark Donovan (Sunweb) +01:53

    CLASSIFICATION STANDINGS

    General Classification

    1. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) 64:20:31
    2. Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) +00:24
    3. Hugh Carthy (EF Pro Cycling) +00:47

    Points Classification

    1. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) 204
    2. Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) 133
    3. Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation) 111

    King of the Mountains

    1. Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) 99
    2. Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) 34
    3. Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) 30

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