Carapaz wins the Giro and Landa loses the podium for 8 seconds

The Ecuadorian makes history for the sport of his country. Landa could not defend his third place with Roglic. Chad Conquered the Verona time trial.


"Come on, Carapaz! You are capable, to win! " Hundreds of Ecuadorian fans gathered early from the Movistar bus, at the Verona time trial, at the very finish line and at the Arena. They accompanied Richard Carapaz in the inspection of the route, while he was making a roller, when he crossed the finish line victoriously and in the emotional moment in which he received the Senza Fine Trophy in the spectacular Roman amphitheater. Carapaz, winner of the Giro of 2019 at age 26. Your first big. The first for your country. Historical. Mikel Landa failed to accompany his companion in the box. The Alavés, who started with 23 seconds of income on Primoz Roglic in the fight for third place, lost his position by only eight. Vincenzo Nibali completed the positions of honor, second. A podium of carat and future.

Fourth in 2018, in its debut in the Italian round, Carapaz then achieved the first triumph of an Ecuadorian in a three-week round, in Montevergine di Mercogliano. In 2019 he added two others, Frascati and Courmayeur. In both he demonstrated some of his qualities: career reading, good speed point, capacity for suffering and an undoubted talent as a climber. To his conditions and his excellent services was added the mark between Nibali and Roglic, who underestimated him and gave him wings He also paved the ground for the previous attacks of Landa in the stages of Pinerolo and Lake Serrù: "A shot at the team's magnificent work" .

El Movistar left with Landa as captain. The bad times of Bologna and San Marino, together with the explosion of Carapaz, led him to be subordinated to his companion. Circumstance that already lived in the Giro of 2015, with Fabio Aru in the Astana (finished third), and in the Tour of 2017, in the Sky with Chris Froome (he finished fourth: a second of the third place, by Romain Bardet). Knowing his inferiority to Roglic, the Basque did not know all wrong to finish fourth, despite the initial displeasure and finish second in Monte Avena behind Pello Bilbao: "I collaborated on the success of Richie and I squeezed to the fullest". But the chances escape and the years pass: he will turn 30 on December 13. His parents did not want to see him suffer and left this Sunday. Carapaz's, as well as his wife and children, broke down in tears at the Arena in Verona and clothed him in celebrations.

With this title, Movistar becomes the structure with the biggest rounds of history (15 since 1980) : a Tour and a Vuelta de Delgado, five Tours and two Turns of Indurain, a Vuelta de Olano, a Tour de Pereiro, a Vuelta de Valverde, a Giro and a Tour of Nairo and a Tour of Carapaz. For his part, Nibali reached the 11th podium of his career in big, tied with Froome. ahead, Merckx, Hinault and Gimondi, with 12, and Anquetil, with 13. Roglic took the first time. The last day was scored by Chad Haga, victim of a run over in Alicante in 2016 that almost means his retirement. A victory to perseverance. Like the Carapaz: "Do not ever give up or stop dreaming" .



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