Richard Carapaz after Vuelta a Asturias victory: I’ve enjoyed this weekend so much
Apr 29 2018 10:49 pm CET

Richard Carapaz after Vuelta a Asturias victory: I’ve enjoyed this weekend so much
Richard Carapaz after Vuelta a Asturias victory: I’ve enjoyed this weekend so much
Photo of Richard Carapaz in his home town - by Marcelo Hernández

Movistar's Richard Carapaz has taken the overall victory of the Vuelta a Asturias. This is the first victory in a stage race for the Ecuadorian rider.

The race for Carapaz started with a fifth position in the first stage, which left him in a good position in the General Classification with the same time as the first leader Dmitry Strakhov.

It was in the second stage where the Ecuadorian virtually sealed the overall victory when he attacked with five kilometres to go in the uphill finish of the Queen stage of the Spanish race. This victory was the first of the rider in the professional peloton and showed his good form ahead of the second Grand Tour of his career, the Giro d'Italia.

Movistar's work for the day was to control the peloton and protect the rider until the end, and it was successful at that. Carapaz arrived with the pack in the 8th position, keeping the first spot of the general classification, while his teammates Ruben Fernandez and Antonio Pedrero were 5th and 8th.

"I’m really happy with this win; you can’t really ask for more at a race like this," he said at the end of the day. "I’ve enjoyed this weekend in Asturias so much, and capping it off with the overall success is a great prize for the whole squad. After yesterday’s victory, we knew we were holding a very decent gap, and my team-mates controlled things really well so we could keep this jersey until the end.

"We were also keeping in mind that other squads had to join us at the front of the pack because the podium places were also at stake at the finish, and that’s how we got others to work in the finale."

After savouring the taste of this victory, the rider will focus on his most immediate challenge. "Now it’s time to enjoy this win as much as we can while remaining focused on the big challenge coming up with the Giro d’Italia, which we’ll depart for on Tuesday," he explained.

"It’s a three-week stage race and we will have to keep focus as well as remain calm in the first days. It’s my second Grand Tour and I think all experience I got in the Vuelta last year will help me. I’m in good form, as shown here; I’ve trained a lot for this objective and I hope we Blues can make ourselves visible during the race."



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