The generous champion Carapaz

The virtual winner of the Giro pulled the group to the podium to his teammate Mikel Landa, who has 23 seconds to defend his third place against Roglic.


Richard Carapaz will be crowned this Sunday champion of Giro de Italia 2019, if nothing unexpected happens. His advantage of 1: 54 over Vincenzo Nibali should be enough to finish off the pink jersey in the 17 kilometers of Verona Verona time trial, which includes a favorable 4.5 km climb half way. The emotion moves to the third step of the podium, which has been boosted Mikel Landa after the stage of the Dolomites. The Alavés leads in only 23 seconds to Primoz Roglic, more specialist in the chrono. The logic disassembles Mikel from the drawer, but in the last days of the big laps, logic has to pass through the fatigue filter. Roglic started the Giro as a motorcycle, but it has been long in the final part. Landa, on the contrary, ends with better pedal stroke. The bet is not clear to me.

The podium of Landa would be a deserved cherry for el Movistar, which has offered an attack cycling since the first week and has managed to manage with balance the two-headed leadership. The Basque came to the Giro as leader, but knew how to put to the service of Carapaz and recognize its strength when the script demanded it. The Ecuadorian has been grateful and this Saturday he returned his hand as far as he could. First allowed his attack, although his march left him exposed to the wolves of the general. It was enough alone. And then he pulled the group with the generosity of who was gregarious, already with the gallons of commander, to put his partner in positions of honor. They did not get the extra prize of the stage, because Pello Bilbao anticipated Landa to achieve its second victory and the second for the Spanish peloton. Also commendable.



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