Richard Carapaz takes victory in eventful stage of Giro d'Italia
May 14 2019 11:34 pm CET

Richard Carapaz takes victory in eventful stage of Giro d'Italia
Richard Carapaz takes victory in eventful stage of Giro d'Italia
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Movistar's Richard Caparaz has taken the victory of the fourth stage in the Giro d'Italia. The rider attacked on the uphill finish of an eventful stage.

A 235-kilometre route with the first uphill finish of the race took the riders between Orbetello and Frascati. The escape of the day was formed by three Italians: Marco Frapporti (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec), Mirco Maestri (Bardiani CSF) and Damiano Cima (Nippo-Vini Fantini), while in the peloton teams like Katusha-Alpecin, Lotto Soudal and Mitchelton-Scott put the speed to control the gap, which was of more than nine minutes.

Frapporti and Maestre were the last two riders to remain in front. At 12 kilometres from the end, there was a crash in the pack that involved riders like Tobias Ludvigsson (Groupama-FDJ), James Knox (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) and Victor Campenaerts (Lotto-Soudal).

With nine kilometres to go, the two remaining escapees were caught and the peloton continued to prepare for the last climb. With five kilometres to go, there was a crash in the peloton that involved Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) and produced a cut in the peloton after which Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) was the only GC favourite to remain in front.

The front group was slimmed down by the pace set by two UAE-Team Emirates riders and names like Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) were left struggling behind. Movistar's Richard Carapaz launched an attack in the last metres and created a gap with the rest.

In the end, the Ecuadorian crossed the finish line just ahead of Lotto-Soudal's Caleb Ewan and UAE-Team Emirates' Diego Ulissi, taking his second stage in the Italian grand tour.

Roglic extended his overall lead and he is now 35 seconds ahead of Simon Yates and 39 seconds ahead of Vincenzo Nibali.

Dumoulin was seen arriving to the finish line with most of his team, more than four minutes after Carapaz and with his knee covered in blood.



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