The rider from Team Movistar stuns the world of cycling with his first three-week stagerace success.
Richard Carapaz reached its destination. The Ecuadorian rider claimed overall honours at the 102nd Giro d'Italia on Sunday, after completing with no setbacks the final 17km individual time trial at Verona's World Championships course. At his podium, Carapaz was joined by Mikel Landa , a brilliant final piece of support to the Ecuadorian by a Blue outfit always showing impressive attitude, commitment and effort. Andrey Amador, Antonio Pedrero, Héctor Carretero, Jasha Sütterlin, José Joaquín Rojas and Lluís Mas were the other six artists behind a triumph supported by a hard-working staf.
Richard completed an admirable recovery in this Giro. Dropped back by two unfortunate, consecutive incidents in Orbetello (stage 3), which made him lose a precious 46", the Carchi native bounced back in style: he won stage four with a brilliant, perfectly-timed attack in Frascati; conceded less than two minutes against top specialist Primoz Roglic at the crucial San Marino ITT (stage 9); and inflicted consecutive, deadly blows at the Lago Serrù (st. 13), Courmayeur (st. 14, victory) and the Mortirolo (st. 16) to build a gap near two minutes, which not one could reduce afterwards. Carapaz's victory takes the Movistar Team up to 15 overall victories in Grand Tours, which puts the Abarca Sports organisation, at the top of an all-time classification.
A fantastic success also for Campagnolo, the new groupset Campagnolo Super Record EPS 12 Speed and the well known full carbon Campagnolo Bora wheels were certainly a support to the exploits of the Ecuadorian hero.
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