Carapaz offers a second victory, Roglic recovers almost a minute at Evenepoel

Aurélie SACCHELLI, Media365, published on Saturday September 03, 2022 at 5:36 p.m.

Far in the general classification, Richard Carapaz won his second stage on this Vuelta 2022, at the top of the Sierra de La Pandera, where Primoz Roglic took over almost a minute from leader Remco Evenepoel.

This weekend in the mountains of Andalusia was eagerly awaited and we were finally going to know if Remco Evenepoel could put his mark a little more on this Vuelta 2022, he who dreams of a first victory in the Grand Tour, at 22 years old. Saturday evening, doubts are allowed… The Belgian prodigy was indeed left behind by his main rivals in the last ascent, that of the Sierra de La Pandera, classified in the first category. Starting with Primoz Roglic, who attacked four kilometers from the top and who went for third place and the four bonus seconds that go with it, behind Richard Carapaz and Miguel Lopez. In total, the Slovenian took 52 seconds from his Belgian rival, who remained glued to the road at the time of the attack before regaining a little vigor at the end, which allowed him to keep his red jersey with 1 ‘ 49 ahead of Roglic. The Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl runner lost his luster this Saturday, it remains to be seen how he will react on Sunday, with a finish at Sierra Nevada, classified out of category.

Second victory in three days for Carapaz

The fight for the stage victory was played out in the first hour of the race, when a breakaway of ten riders finally formed, after multiple attempts. Marco Brenner (DSM), Raul Garcia Pierna (Kern Pharma), Alexey Lutsenko (Astana Qazaqstan), Clément Champoussin (AG2R Citroën), Luis Leon Sanchez (Bahrain Victorious), Bruno Armirail (Groupama-FDJ), Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) , Filippo Conca (Lotto Soudal), Kenny Elissonde and Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) managed to take a four-minute lead and Richard Carapaz, even if he was far behind in the general standings (19th at 14’52) was the man tear down. In the last climb, the breakaway had greatly melted, and Carapaz found himself in the lead, with Sanchez, Champoussin and Conca. Almost at the same time as Roglic attacked in the peloton of favorites, the Ecuadorian accelerated in turn, and no one could follow him. Failing to win the Vuelta in eight days (unless there is a big turnaround), the Ineos Grenadiers rider offers himself a second stage victory in three days, his fourth this season and the 16th of his career. . Carapaz was ahead of Miguel Angel Lopez, who left after Roglic, by eight seconds, and the latter also made a close move in the general classification. First Frenchman on the stage and member of the breakaway of the day, Clément Champoussin finished 19th.

CYCLING / VUELTA 2022
14th stage – Montoro – Sierra de La Pandera (160.3 km) – Saturday September 3, 2022
1- Richard Carapaz (EQU / Ineos Grenadiers) in 4h09’28
2- Miguel Angel Lopez (COL/Astana Qazaqstan) at 8″
3- Primoz Roglic (SLO/Jumbo-Visma) at 8″
4- Joao Almeida (POR/UAE Emirates) at 27″
5- Carlos Rodriguez (ESP / Ineos Grenadiers) at 36″
6- Enric Mas (ESP/Movistar) at 36″
7- Thymen Arensman (PBS/DSM) at 51″
8- Remco Evenepoel (BEL/Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) at 56″
9- Juan Ayuso (ESP/UAE Emirates) at 56″
10- Wilco Kelderman (PBS / Bora-Hansgrohe) at 1’24

19- Clément Champoussin (FRA / AG2R Citroën) at 2’21

General classification after 14 stages (out of 21)
1- Remco Evenepoel (BEL/Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) in 52h21’33”
2- Primoz Roglic (SLO/Jumbo-Visma) at 1’49
3- Enric Mas (ESP/Movistar) at 2’43
4- Carlos Rodriguez (ESP / Ineos Grenadiers) at 3’46
5- Juan Ayuso (ESP/UAE Team Emirates) at 4’53”
6- Miguel Angel Lopez (COL/Astana Qazaqstan) at 6’02
7- João Almeida (POR/UAE Team Emirates) at 6’49
8- Wilco Kelderman (PBS/Bora-Hansgrohe) at 6’56
9- Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBR / Ineos Grenadiers) at 8’49
10- Ben O’Connor (AUS/AG2R-Citroën) at 9’12

24 –
Thibaut Pinot (FRA / Groupama-FDJ) at 31’46…

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