Richard Carapaz takes second overall victory in a row in Vuelta a Asturias
May 05 2019 11:09 pm CET

Richard Carapaz takes second overall victory in a row in Vuelta a Asturias
Richard Carapaz takes second overall victory in a row in Vuelta a Asturias
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Movistar's Richard Carapaz has taken his second victory in a row in the Vuelta a Asturias. The rider has started twice in the Spanish race and has won both times.

With his victory in the second stage of the race, in which he crossed the finish line ahead of his teammate Mikel Landa, the rider paved the way for a new victory in the Spanish competition. The Ecuadorian was protected the entire day by his teammates, minus Landa who had to retire due to a toenail problem, and crossed the finish line in Oviedo with the peloton, which was enough for him to take the overall win.

W52/FC Porto's Edgar Pinto took the victory of the stage and also celebrated in Oviedo. "I’m so happy with this second overall victory in Asturias," said Carapaz. "Here’s where I notched up my first overall success in a pro stage race last year, so claiming back-to-back victories makes me proud and, above all, confident for what’s to come this May in the Giro.

"It was quite a fast stage today, where the key was keeping the breaks under control, not having too many riders or too big of a gap ahead, remain focused and just reach the Violeo climb in a comfortable situation.

"It was a very, very strong three days’ work from my team-mates, the whole squad really. Ever since Friday’s stage, with Lluís and Héctor keeping the bunch together, and the three of us getting through the climb before I took third place; then on Saturday, we always set the pace we wanted up until the foot of the Acebo, where ‘Rojillas’, Antonio and finally Mikel tore the bunch apart. Without them, it wouldn’t have seemed so easy – it really wasn’t – nor we would have got victories like yesterday’s double, with such a beautiful picture for Mikel and myself. It was great to dedicate that to the team and also celebrate in Oviedo today."

This is the last race for the rider before facing the Giro d'Italia, in which he will work for Landa's GC aspirations. "Regarding the Giro – well, we’re in the position we wanted, with good confidence, good legs, willing to do our best, work hard for the team, make my countrymen happy, make our fans proud," he explained. "For the time being, let’s enjoy this victory for a bit before moving on and heading to Italy."



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