Carapaz makes history with Giro d'Italia stage win

Richard Carapaz (Movistar) won stage eight of the Giro d’Italia, attacking late on the summit finish of Montevergine di Mercogliano to make history as the first Ecuadorian to win a Grand Tour stage. Davide Formolo (Bora-Hansgrohe) beat Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) to second place, seven seconds back.

After a largely quiet day, the action erupted in the stage’s final kilometres, with the breakaway caught late as attackers jumped from the peloton. Alexandre Geniez (AG2R La Mondiale) sparked the winning move, riding away in pursuit of Koen Bouwman (LottoNL-Jumbo), the last man standing from the break.

Carapaz quickly followed, flying past the Frenchman, before riding the last kilometre alone. Thus far, the Giro has been a week of Grand Tour firsts for the 24-year-old second-year pro. In Israel he became the first Ecuadorian to ride a Grand Tour, two days ago on Etna he was the first to wear a jersey, and today he took the country’s first stage win.

“I’m very happy. I’ve worked a lot before the Giro. Of course having my first Grand Tour win makes me emotional,” Carapaz said after the stage. “I had good legs so I decided to attack with 2km to go. It was the right moment to go alone because I didn’t have much chance to win the sprint.”

“I’ll take it day-by-day. It’s a long way to go until Rome and I’m here to see what I can do at the Giro,” he added when asked about his chances for the rest of the race.

GC-wise, things stayed largely the same, with Carapaz moving up three places, while Pinot’s bonus seconds means that he takes fourth. The top three of Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) and Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott) remains the same.

Chris Froome (Team Sky) moved down to ninth at 1:10 after Carapaz gained 17 seconds including the time bonus, but it could have been worse - he slid out in a wet hairpin on the final climb and had to chase back on with his teammates.

How it happened

The semi-regular finish destination of Montevergine di Mercogliano hosted the Giro’s second stage on mainland Italy - the second summit finish of the race. Danilo Di Luca and Damiano Cunego have taken victory here before, with the most recent victor being Bart de Clerq back in 2011.

As the race headed north hugging the Tyrrhenian coast, several unclassified bumps featured but the day was all about the final climb. While the false flat started 50km out in Salerno (location of the second intermediate sprint, after Agropoli at 110km), the real test began 17.1km from the line.

That’s the length of Montevergine di Mercogliano, and it’s one for the big ring rather than the flyweight scalatori, averaging a five per cent gradient without much deviation. As a result, the climb hasn’t historically generated big gaps at the finish, with the 2011 stage seeing a 26-man lead group cross the line together.

Tosh Van der Sande (Lotto Fix All) sparked the day’s breakaway with his solo effort 20km into the stage. He was soon joined by Davide Villella (Astana), Matteo Monteguti (AG2R La Mondiale), Rodolfo Torres (Androni-Sidermec), Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida), Koen Bouwman (LottoNL-Jumbo) and two-time Giro stage winner Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates).

Their advantage topped out at six minutes, while Torres and Van der Sande took the two sprints. By the time they left Salerno, the break still enjoyed a five-minute gap with 40km left to race. Back in the peloton Mitchelton-Scott predictably led the way.

A dry day gave way to showers in the final 20km, and the gap to the break slimmed to under a minute as they hit the treeline - and the hairpins - with nine km to race. A gloomy race for Team Sky’s Chris Froome continued as he slid out on a hairpin five kilometres from the line, hitting the deck for the second time in the race.

Mohoric launched the first attack from the breakaway, going it alone with 13.5km to go, but the Slovene was soon caught. His move did result in the shedding of Villella and Torres, however, while Polanc looked under pressure.

The remaining quartet continued on until the final kilometres of the stage, when Bouwman made his push for victory with the peloton rapidly approaching behind. It looked as though his move was more out of hope than expectation, however, as the attacks started just metres behind.

Ultimately, the Dutchman’s efforts proved futile, as the counter-attacking Carapaz flew past as the final kilometre approached. He could fully savour the run-in, riding it as he did on his own. Further back it was Pinot who led the charge for bonus seconds, before Formolo snuck ahead in the sprint for the line.

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Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar Team5:11:35
2Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:07
3Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 2 - Cell 2
4Enrico Battaglin (Ita) LottoNL-JumboRow 3 - Cell 2
5Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-ScottRow 4 - Cell 2
6Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 5 - Cell 2
7Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-ScottRow 6 - Cell 2
8Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-HansgroheRow 7 - Cell 2
9Michael Woods (Can) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 8 - Cell 2
10Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro TeamRow 9 - Cell 2
11Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team SunwebRow 10 - Cell 2
12Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Quick-Step FloorsRow 11 - Cell 2
13Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 12 - Cell 2
14Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro TeamRow 13 - Cell 2
15George Bennett (NZl) LottoNL-JumboRow 14 - Cell 2
16Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 15 - Cell 2
17Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) Groupama-FDJRow 16 - Cell 2
18Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar TeamRow 17 - Cell 2
19Sam Oomen (Ned) Team SunwebRow 18 - Cell 2
20Fabio Aru (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 19 - Cell 2
21Sergio Henao (Col) Team SkyRow 20 - Cell 2
22Chris Froome (GBr) Team SkyRow 21 - Cell 2
23Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 22 - Cell 2
24Alexandre Geniez (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 23 - Cell 2
25Wout Poels (Ned) Team SkyRow 24 - Cell 2
26Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro TeamRow 25 - Cell 2
27Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Fix AllRow 26 - Cell 2
28Mikel Nieve (Spa) Mitchelton-ScottRow 27 - Cell 2
29Louis Meintjes (RSA) Dimension DataRow 28 - Cell 2
30Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:19
31Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro TeamRow 30 - Cell 2
32José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-AlpecinRow 31 - Cell 2
33Georg Preidler (Aut) Groupama-FDJRow 32 - Cell 2
34Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:26
35Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:00:28
36Ben O'Connor (Aus) Dimension DataRow 35 - Cell 2
37Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:36
38Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 37 - Cell 2
39Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Team Sky0:00:38
40Jan Hirt (Cze) Astana Pro TeamRow 39 - Cell 2
41Ruben Plaza (Spa) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 40 - Cell 2
42Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team EmiratesRow 41 - Cell 2
43Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:00:52
44Koen Bouwmam (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo0:00:55
45Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Team Sunweb0:01:07
46Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Trek-SegafredoRow 45 - Cell 2
47Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Katusha-Alpecin0:01:17
48Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:41
49Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 48 - Cell 2
50Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:01:49
51Ben Hermans (Bel) Israel Cycling Academy0:02:03
52Nicolas Roche (Irl) BMC Racing TeamRow 51 - Cell 2
53Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Quick-Step Floors0:02:06
54Robert Gesink (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo0:02:11
55Nathan Brown (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 54 - Cell 2
56Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Mitchelton-ScottRow 55 - Cell 2
57Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 56 - Cell 2
58David De La Cruz (Spa) Team Sky0:02:16
59Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:02:19
60Natnael Berhane (Eri) Dimension Data0:02:54
61Anthony Roux (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 60 - Cell 2
62François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 61 - Cell 2
63Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain-Merida0:03:16
64Benjamin King (USA) Dimension Data0:03:29
65Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 64 - Cell 2
66Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Team Sunweb0:03:36
67Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale0:04:22
68Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Fix All0:05:20
69Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data0:05:26
70Domen Novak (Slo) Bahrain-Merida0:05:33
71Eros Capecchi (Ita) Quick-Step Floors0:07:55
72Davide Villella (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 71 - Cell 2
73Rodolfo Torres (Col) Androni Giocattoli-SidermecRow 72 - Cell 2
74Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-SidermecRow 73 - Cell 2
75Mads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Katusha-Alpecin0:10:42
76Lars Bak (Den) Lotto Fix AllRow 75 - Cell 2
77Manuele Boaro (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:10:46
78Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 77 - Cell 2
79Felix Grossschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe0:11:01
80Antonio Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 79 - Cell 2
81Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek-Segafredo0:13:27
82Christopher Hamilton (Aus) Team Sunweb0:14:07
83Chad Haga (USA) Team SunwebRow 82 - Cell 2
84Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) LottoNL-JumboRow 83 - Cell 2
85Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 84 - Cell 2
86Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:15:12
87Manuele Mori (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 86 - Cell 2
88Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek-SegafredoRow 87 - Cell 2
89Francisco Ventoso (Spa) BMC Racing TeamRow 88 - Cell 2
90Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-HansgroheRow 89 - Cell 2
91Roy Curvers (Ned) Team SunwebRow 90 - Cell 2
92Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Katusha-AlpecinRow 91 - Cell 2
93Joe Dombrowski (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 92 - Cell 2
94Igor Anton (Spa) Dimension DataRow 93 - Cell 2
95Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Fix AllRow 94 - Cell 2
96Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 95 - Cell 2
97Alex Turrin (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle ItaliaRow 96 - Cell 2
98Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension DataRow 97 - Cell 2
99Jaco Venter (RSA) Dimension DataRow 98 - Cell 2
100Darwin Atapuma (Col) UAE Team EmiratesRow 99 - Cell 2
101Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 100 - Cell 2
102Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step FloorsRow 101 - Cell 2
103Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Mitchelton-ScottRow 102 - Cell 2
104Sacha Modolo (Ita) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:15:17
105Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-SidermecRow 104 - Cell 2
106Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Movistar Team0:15:20
107Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team0:15:34
108Dayer Quintana (Col) Movistar Team0:15:38
109Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Movistar Team0:16:24
110Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:16:28
111Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Quick-Step FloorsRow 110 - Cell 2
112Loïc Vliegen (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 111 - Cell 2
113Marco Coledan (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle ItaliaRow 112 - Cell 2
114Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 113 - Cell 2
115Tony Martin (Ger) Katusha-AlpecinRow 114 - Cell 2
116Victor De La Parte (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 115 - Cell 2
117Alex Dowsett (GBr) Katusha-AlpecinRow 116 - Cell 2
118Florian Senechal (Fra) Quick-Step FloorsRow 117 - Cell 2
119Jos van Emden (Ned) LottoNL-JumboRow 118 - Cell 2
120Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) LottoNL-JumboRow 119 - Cell 2
121Danny van Poppel (Ned) LottoNL-JumboRow 120 - Cell 2
122Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 121 - Cell 2
123Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 122 - Cell 2
124Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Fix AllRow 123 - Cell 2
125Tom Scully (NZl) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 124 - Cell 2
126Mitchell Docker (Aus) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 125 - Cell 2
127Niklas Eg (Den) Trek-SegafredoRow 126 - Cell 2
128Kilian Frankiny (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 127 - Cell 2
129Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team SkyRow 128 - Cell 2
130Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 129 - Cell 2
131Liam Bertazzo (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle ItaliaRow 130 - Cell 2
132Christian Knees (Ger) Team SkyRow 131 - Cell 2
133Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 132 - Cell 2
134Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team SkyRow 133 - Cell 2
135Steve Morabito (Swi) Groupama-FDJRow 134 - Cell 2
136Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 135 - Cell 2
137Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 136 - Cell 2
138Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:16:40
139William Bonnet (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:16:43
140Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:17:12
141Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-SidermecRow 140 - Cell 2
142Davide Ballerini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-SidermecRow 141 - Cell 2
143Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 142 - Cell 2
144Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 143 - Cell 2
145Manuel Senni (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 144 - Cell 2
146Jérémy Roy (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 145 - Cell 2
147Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Fix AllRow 146 - Cell 2
148Hugh Carthy (GBr) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 147 - Cell 2
149Frederik Frison (Bel) Lotto Fix AllRow 148 - Cell 2
150Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 149 - Cell 2
151Eugert Zhupa (Alb) Wilier Triestina-Selle ItaliaRow 150 - Cell 2
152Guy Sagiv (Isr) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 151 - Cell 2
153Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Lotto Fix AllRow 152 - Cell 2
154Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team EmiratesRow 153 - Cell 2
155Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 154 - Cell 2
156Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 155 - Cell 2
157Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 156 - Cell 2
158Ryan Mullen (Irl) Trek-Segafredo0:18:11
159Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:18:15
160Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 159 - Cell 2
161Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia0:18:26
162Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle ItaliaRow 161 - Cell 2
163Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo0:18:40
164Boy van Poppel (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 163 - Cell 2
165Michael Mørkøv (Den) Quick-Step FloorsRow 164 - Cell 2
166Elia Viviani (Ita) Quick-Step FloorsRow 165 - Cell 2
167Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-HansgroheRow 166 - Cell 2
168Giuseppe Fonzi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle ItaliaRow 167 - Cell 2
169Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Team SunwebRow 168 - Cell 2
170Sam Bewley (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott0:24:00
171Svein Tuft (Can) Mitchelton-ScottRow 170 - Cell 2
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Points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar Team25pts
2Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe18Row 1 - Cell 3
3Rodolfo Torres (Col) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec16Row 2 - Cell 3
4Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ12Row 3 - Cell 3
5Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Fix All11Row 4 - Cell 3
6Enrico Battaglin (Ita) LottoNL-Jumbo8Row 5 - Cell 3
7Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott6Row 6 - Cell 3
8Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale6Row 7 - Cell 3
9Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida5Row 8 - Cell 3
10Koen Bouwmam (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo5Row 9 - Cell 3
11Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain-Merida5Row 10 - Cell 3
12Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-Scott4Row 11 - Cell 3
13Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe3Row 12 - Cell 3
14Michael Woods (Can) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale2Row 13 - Cell 3
15Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro Team1Row 14 - Cell 3
16Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates1Row 15 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1 (Cat. 2) Montevergine di Mercogliano, km. 209
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar Team15pts
2Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe8Row 1 - Cell 3
3Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ6Row 2 - Cell 3
4Enrico Battaglin (Ita) LottoNL-Jumbo4Row 3 - Cell 3
5Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott2Row 4 - Cell 3
6Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida1Row 5 - Cell 3
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Sprint 1 - Agropli, km. 110
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Rodolfo Torres (Col) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec10pts
2Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale6Row 1 - Cell 3
3Koen Bouwmam (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo3Row 2 - Cell 3
4Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain-Merida2Row 3 - Cell 3
5Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Fix All1Row 4 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2 - Salerno, km. 154
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Fix All10pts
2Rodolfo Torres (Col) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec6Row 1 - Cell 3
3Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain-Merida3Row 2 - Cell 3
4Koen Bouwmam (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo2Row 3 - Cell 3
5Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates1Row 4 - Cell 3
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Combativity
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar Team9pts
2Rodolfo Torres (Col) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec9Row 1 - Cell 3
3Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe7Row 2 - Cell 3
4