Carapaz grabs pink jersey with Giro d’Italia stage 14 win


Richard Carapaz shot to the top of the Giro d’Italia overall standings on Saturday when he soloed to victory at the stage 14 summit finish.

The 25-year-old edged ahead of Primoz Roglic in the standings after breaking from the chief contenders on the Giro’s toughest climb yet, while Simon Yates was second after attacking on the last kilometre.

“I worked so hard for this, it’s a real dream come true,” said an exuberant Carapaz. “I felt good this morning. We knew the altitude was good for me. I gave it everything because I knew the entire Giro was at stake. The 30 seconds I gained on the penultimate climb were enough to allow me to build the lead I needed.”

Man-to-beat Roglic and two-time winner Vincenzo Nibali kept a close eye on each other all day with the Italian testing the Slovenian with a daredevil descent on the penultimate climb the Colle San Carlo.

It was on that hill that overnight leader Jan Polanc ran out of gas and gave up the pink jersey and lost almost eight minutes on the day.

The win and the show of power with which it was achieved, marks out Carapaz as a contender after he came fourth in the Giro last year.

He now leads Roglic by 7 seconds while Nibali is third at 1min 47sec.

Sunday’s stage is one of the longest on the Giro at 232km, starting with a 160km flat section before the race swings into a series of short but challenging climbs and descents which pundits feel may suit Nibali.

Giro d’Italia 2019 – stage 14 results (Saint Vincent – Courmayeur):

1Richard Carapaz (Movistar)


2Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)


3Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida)


4Rafal Majka (Bora-hansgrohe)


5Mikel Landa (Movistar)


6Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)


7Pavel Sivakov (Team Ineos)


8Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma)


9Joe Dombrowski (EF Education First)


10Damiano Caruso (Bahrain-Merida)


11Davide Formolo (Bora-hansgrohe)


12Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)


13Hugh Carthy (EF Education First)


14Mikel Nieve (Mitchelton-Scott)


15Antonio Pedrero (Movistar)


16Alexis Vuillermoz (AG2R La Mondiale)


17Valentin Madouas (Groupama-FDJ)


18Andrey Zeits (Astana)


19Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo)


20Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin)



Giro d’Italia 2019 – general classification after stage 14:

1Richard Carapaz (Movistar)


2Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma)


3Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida)


4Rafal Majka (Bora-hansgrohe)


5Mikel Landa (Movistar)


6Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)


7Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates)


8Pavel Sivakov (Team Ineos)


9Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)


10Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)


11Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin)


12Davide Formolo (Bora-hansgrohe)


13Mikel Nieve (Mitchelton-Scott)


14Tanel Kangert (EF Education First)


15Joe Dombrowski (EF Education First)


16Valentin Madouas (Groupama-FDJ)


17Hugh Carthy (EF Education First)


18Tony Gallopin (AG2R La Mondiale)


19Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates)


20Victor de la Parte (CCC)



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