Chad Haga and Richard Carapaz celebrate on last day of Giro d'Italia
Jun 02 2019 11:12 pm CET

Chad Haga and Richard Carapaz celebrate on last day of Giro d'Italia
Chad Haga and Richard Carapaz celebrate on last day of Giro d'Italia
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Sunweb's Chad Haga has taken the victory of the closing time trial of the Giro d'Italia. Richard Carapaz (Movistar) confirmed his final victory of the race by finishing the stage in 23 minutes and 19 seconds.

The last stage of the Corsa Rosa was an individual time trial in Verona over a 17-kilometre course that featured a fourth category climb. Nippo-Vini Fantini's Sho Hatsuyama was the first rider to go down the ramp and soon after it was the turn of the new holder of the hour record, Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal) who was also one of the favourites to take the stage win.

The Belgian rider stopped the clock after 22 minutes and eleven seconds and took the provisional first position of the day. One of the next riders to finish the circuit in Verona was Sunweb's Chad Haga, who did so in 22 minutes and seven seconds and started a long wait on the hot seat.

Ilnur Zakarin was the first rider of the GC top-ten to finish and set a time 36 seconds slower than Haga, while Yates completed the course in 23 minutes and seven seconds, Rafal Majka in 22 minutes and 47 seconds and Roglic in 22 minutes and 43 seconds.

Mikel Landa -who finished the 20th stage in the third overall position- completed the route in 23 minutes and four seconds and lost the podium by eight seconds to Roglic. Soon after, Nibali stopped the clock 23 seconds slower than Haga and confirmed his second place on the final podium.

Movistar's Richard Carapaz completed the course in 23 minutes and 19 seconds, which was enough for him to stay at the top of the overall classification. The rider became the first Ecuadorian to win the Giro d'Italia and celebrated with team, family and fellow countrymen in a very emotional way.

It was also an emotional day for Haga, who took his first stage victory in a grand tour three years after suffering a serious training crash in Spain that almost forced him to retire from the sport.






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