Sunday, December 04, 2022

Return: Carapaz wins the stage; Evenpol Still Leader Despite Fall

ESTEPONA, Spain ( Associated Press) — With wounds and cuts visible through a large wound on the side of his Lycra, Remco Ivanpoel got back on his bike and quickly joined the pack.

It was just a scare for the Belgian young rider, who overcame a crash with about 45 kilometers (28 mi) to go to stage 12 of the Vuelta a Espaa on Thursday, to take his overall lead in the second half of the race. be maintained. The final race of the year of the three Grand Tours.

Olympic champion Richard Carapaz won the stage with a commanding performance on the final climb to secure his first Vuelta victory. The Ineos Grenadiers team rider hit his bike’s handlebar twice to celebrate his fourth Grand Tour stage win.

The 2019 Giro d’Italia champions began their attack about two kilometers (1.2 miles) from the end and became the first Ecuadorian to win the Vuelta stage.

“We were now focused on trying to win a stage, and the truth is I’m very happy with that,” Carapaz said. “I knew I only had one move and made the most of it. Very happy, really.”

At the end of the stage Wilco Kelderman was second, nine seconds behind Carapaz, and Mark Soler third, 24 seconds behind the leader.

After changing his bike, Evanpoel complained to the race judges about some of the motorcycles in front of him before crashing.

Ivanpoel showed no signs of worrying about the injury to his right leg after the fall and was able to prevent breakout attempts from his nearest rival, three-time defending champion Primoz Rogi.

The 22-year-old rider from the Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl team held a two-minute, 41-second lead in the overall standings and was more than three minutes ahead of Enrique Maas.

Evenpoel has been wearing the leader’s red jersey since the sixth stage.

Riders will face a mostly flat platform from Ronda to Montilla in southern Spain on Friday.

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