Giro d'Italia: Carapaz wins stage 14

Richard Carapaz (Movistar) produced a virtuoso display to take his second victory of the Giro d’Italia on stage 14, attacking on the mighty Colle San Carlo before soloing down into the valley and up the final haul to Courmayeur. As the other contenders hesitated and looked at each other, the Ecuadorian carved out an advantage that propelled him into the maglia rosa as overall leader of the race.

Carapaz, who won stage 4 in Frascati, had flown under the radar the previous day as his teammate Mikel Landa dominated the headlines, but he followed that strong showing at Lago Serrù with a well-executed performance that confirms his status as a true contender for the title.

He launched his attack three kilometres from the summit of the Colle San Carlo, the fourth of five categorised climbs on a parcours that packed 4,700 metres of climbing into just 131km. By that point, the pink jersey was already slipping off the shoulders of Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates), who eventually finished 7:41 down.

The obvious successor was Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma), who followed over the top of the Colle San Carlo 35 seconds behind Carapaz in a group with Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), Mikel Landa (Movistar), Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), and Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe). However, despite holding that gap all the way down the technical 16-kilometre descent, their deficit ballooned when the road tilted uphill again and the cooperation drained from the group.

The day after Nibali and Roglic were involved in a tense war of words, things fell apart to such an extent that Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) came back from being dropped on San Carlo to ride away to second place on the stage. He crossed the line 1:32 down on Carapaz, with Nibali taking third place from the rest of the group at 1:54.

Carapaz had started the day sixth overall, 1:57 down on Roglic, and took the overall lead by virtue of the 10 bonus seconds he picked up for the stage win.

In the overall standings, he now leads Roglic by seven seconds, with Nibali in third at 1:47. The Italian, whose teammate Damiano Caruso did a huge amount of work on the two final climbs, will be frustrated, despite gaining four seconds on Roglic, at another dangerous Movistar rider gaining so much time.

Stage 13 winner Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin) plummeted out of the top 10, finishing more than seven minutes down just 24 hours after he’d come roaring back into the equation at Lago Serru. Similarly, Bauke Mollema, who’d jumped to fourth yesterday, dropped back to sixth after being dropped on San Carlo and finishing 4:03 down on Carapaz.

Majka, who was unable to follow the accelerations on San Carlo but repeatedly dragged his way back into contention, finished fourth on the stage and is now fourth overall at 2:10, while Landa, who had to take a back seat with Carapaz up the road, took fifth and moved up to fifth overall at 2:50. Next across the line in that elite group were Lopez, Pavel Sivakov (Ineos) who had also profited from the hesitation among the favourites to get back in, Roglic, and Joe Dombrowski, who crested San Carlo alongside Yates.

Mollema is now sixth, Polanc seventh, Sivakov eighth and still in the white jersey as best young rider, Yates up to ninth at 5:28, and Lopez still 10th at 5:30.

Early fireworks

With four major climbs and an uphill finish packed into the space of 131 kilometres, stage 14 always had the potential to be explosive, and it came to the boil on the very first climb. The second-category ascent to Verrayes – 6.7km at 8 per cent – came after just 7.5km and saw Yates launch a brace of accelerations as the bunch thinned rapidly.

Roglic shut the first one down before going away with Yates and Carapaz on the second occasion. That trio reached a breakaway group that had only just established itself, and they were soon joined by the rest of the main favourites as Nibali jumped across and Sivakov dragged the rest over. That left a group of 27 at the head of the race, with Bob Jungels (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Roglic’s domestique Sep Kuss among the notable names dropped.

Ciccone, wearing the blue jersey as leader of the mountains classification, clipped clear at the summit to make sure of the points, before Damiano Caruso (Bahrain-Merida) attacked on the descent and was joined by Pello Bilbao (Astana) and later Hugh Carthy (EF Education First).

They wouldn’t last long, however, as the road had flattened in the valley. Attacks came and went from the group of 27, before Ciccone went clear with Chris Juul-Jensen (Mitchelton-Scott) and the Androni duo of Fausto Masnada and Mattia Cattaneo. Soon after, Andrey Amador (Astana) and Lucas Hamilton (Mitchelton-Scott) bridged across, before Carthy and Ivan Sosa (Ineos) did the same to make it eight out front.

After a brief discussion between Nibali and Landa, that move was allowed to sail away and the group of favourites took the opportunity to take their foot off the gas, allowing the main peloton to come back into the frame. After a brief impulse from FDJ, who though the intermediate sprint might still be in play, things settled down as Polanc’s UAE Team Emirates men did a brief stint on the front of the peloton before Roglic’s Jumbo-Visma – with Kuss back in – took control.

The breakaway took a lead of 2:30 onto the second climb of the day, the first-category ascent to Verrogne – 13.8km at 7.1 per cent. It was there that foundations were laid by some of the overall contenders, as Astana and Bahrain-Merida fired riders up the road in Ion Izaguirre and Caruso. They linked up with the AG2R La Mondiale duo of Tony Gallopin and Hubert Dupont, who had attacked a kilometre or so earlier. The four of them trailed by 1:15 as they crested the climb, with the peloton a further minute behind.

They made up ground on the descent and made the catch on the false flat section ahead of the third climb, the second-category ascent at Truc d’Arbe – 8.2km at 7 per cent. The climb passed by quietly as the now 12-rider breakaway took a lead of 1:25 over the summit, where Ciccone took maximum points for the third time in a row.

San Carlo

After a short section on lightly uphill roads through the valley, it was time for the imposing Colle San Carlo, which, with an average gradient of almost 10 per cent over 10.5km, towered over today’s stage.

Jumbo-Visma led through the valley but it wasn’t long before Nibali’s team piled on the pressure. When they did, Roglic was quickly stripped of teammates, and Polanc soon found himself in trouble. It wasn’t long before Nibali launched his first attack, decimating the bunch. Roglic was straight onto the wheel, along with Carapaz, Landa, and Lopez, but there was a gap to Majka, Sivakov, Mollema, and Yates. Zakarin struggled to even follow that group and slipped further and further back.

While up front Ciccone, Cattaneo and Sosa emerged as the strongest in the break, Formolo dragged Majka and co back into the GC group, though Yates never quite made contact and spent most of the climb riding his own tempo a little further back. Caruso then dropped from the break and moved to the front to set a strong tempo for Nibali. The pace was such that Ciccone, the last remaining breakaway rider, was soon in sight just beyond the half-way mark. Lopez put in an acceleration and then Nibali produced another attack to further shake up the group. As they caught Ciccone, there were nine out front: Caruso, Nibali, Roglic, Lopez, Landa, Carapaz, Majka, Dombrowski, Ciccone.

With three kilometres to go, Carapaz made his move, surging out of the saddle with his hands in the drops. Roglic was first to respond, before Nibali took over, but the Ecuadorian was away. At first, those two, along with Landa and Lopez, were the only ones able to follow, but Majka and then Dombrowski hauled themselves up nearer the summit. Having been held at 15 seconds, Carapaz found more ground in the final kilometre of the climb and crested with 35 seconds in hand.

Nibali launched a stinging acceleration over the top that dropped Dombrowski, but he still had Roglic, Landa, Lopez and Majka for company on the long, hairpinned descent.

The gap to Carapaz fell to as little as 17 seconds at one point, and it looked like it might come back together, but the Movistar man pulled away again on the technical bottom section and took half a minute onto the final climb.

No cooperation in Courmayeur

Carapaz began the final haul to the line – 8km at a 3.2 per cent - in the shadow of Mont Blanc with a lead of 30 seconds over the five chasers, with Yates with Dombrowski at 49 seconds and Sivakov with Caruso at just over a minute.

While the descent had created no problems of cooperation, the draggy road to the line represented terrain where no one wanted to hand a rival a free ride. Consequently, Nibali, Roglic, Lopez, Majka, and Landa all looked at each other instead of committing to a coordinated chase. That allowed Yates, Dombrowski, Sivakov and Caruso back into the frame, but more importantly saw Carapaz disappear up the road.

With 6km to go he had a minute, and that was before they nearly ground to a halt. Yates sensed his opportunity and was quickly and easily away. Dombrowski and Sivakov tried to follow suit but were unable to gain ground as Caruso once again hit the front and set the pace for Nibali.

That limited the damage to a certain extent, but Carapaz gained all the way to the finish. As he gave everything and sprinted right to the line before celebrating, he found himself almost two minutes up. He was ushered to the rollers by a soigneur and quietly clenched his fist when he was informed of the time gaps and it was confirmed he was in pink.

With a time trial to come on the final day, Roglic is still in command as it stands, but there are plenty more mountains to come, and Carapaz and Movistar as a whole are flying.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar Team4:02:23
2Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott0:01:32
3Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:01:54
4Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe
5Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar Team
6Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team
7Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Team Ineos
8Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo-Visma
9Joe Dombrowski (USA) EF Education First
10Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:02:01
11Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe0:03:49
12Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo0:04:04
13Hugh John Carthy (GBr) EF Education First0:05:40
14Mikel Nieve (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott
15Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar Team
16Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:05:58
17Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
18Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
19Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:07:13
20Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin0:07:20
21Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
22Edward Dunbar (Irl) Team Ineos
23Christopher Hamilton (Aus) Team Sunweb
24Sepp Kuss (USA) Team Jumbo-Visma
25Ivan Sosa (Col) Team Ineos
26Victor De La Parte (Spa) CCC Team
27Sebastian Henao (Col) Team Ineos
28Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates0:07:41
29Francois Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
30Tony Gallopin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
31Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier (Eri) Dimension Data
32Tanel Kangert (Est) EF Education First
33Jan Hirt (Cze) Astana Pro Team0:07:43
34Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:08:04
35Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:11:12
36Ben O'Connor (Aus) Dimension Data0:11:51
37Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
38Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
39Manuel Senni (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:12:44
40Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:13:52
41Pieter Serry (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:14:22
42Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:17:25
43Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Israel Cycling Academy
44Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
45Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
46Matteo Montaguti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
47Bob Jungels (Lux) Deceuninck-QuickStep
48Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana Pro Team
49Eros Capecchi (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep
50Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
51Koen Bouwman (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma
52Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:21:31
53Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Groupama-FDJ0:21:44
54Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal
55Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:22:57
56Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Lotto Soudal
57Jan Bakelants (Bel) Team Sunweb
58Jose Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team
59Pello Bilboa (Spa) Astana Pro Team
60Antonio Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
61Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team
62Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal0:23:28
63Giovanni Carboni (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:23:30
64Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-Scott
65Jai Hindley (Aus) Team Sunweb
66Luke Durbridge (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
67Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Katusha-Alpecin
68Brent Bookwalter (USA) Mitchelton-Scott
69Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Mitchelton-Scott0:23:33
70Nathan Brown (USA) EF Education First0:24:24
71Mikkel Frolich Honore (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep
72Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane0:25:29
73Nicola Conci (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
74Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma
75Hector Carretero (Spa) Movistar Team
76Sean Bennett (USA) EF Education First0:25:32
77Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe0:26:30
78Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe
79Michael Gogl (Aut) Trek-Segafredo0:26:32
80Luca Covili (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:28:31
81Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale
82Francisco Ventoso (Spa) CCC Team
83Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Katusha-Alpecin
84Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Team
85Miguel Eduardo Florez Lopez (Col) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
86Manuele Boaro (Ita) Astana Pro Team
87Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Ineos
88Guy Niv (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy
89Davide Villella (Ita) Astana Pro Team
90Paul Martens (Ger) Team Jumbo-Visma
91Jonnathan Narvaez (Ecu) Team Ineos
92Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
93Ruben Plaza (Spa) Israel Cycling Academy
94Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha-Alpecin
95Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:29:12
96Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
97Jack Bauer (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott
98Grega Bole (Slo) Bahrain-Merida
99Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin
100Scott Davies (GBr) Dimension Data
101Nicola Bagioli (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane
102Chad Haga (USA) Team Sunweb
103Larry Warbasse (USA) AG2R La Mondiale
104Jay Mc Carthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe
105Danilo Wyss (Swi) Dimension Data
106Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension Data
107Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Dimension Data
108Andrea Garosio (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
109Christian Knees (Ger) Team Ineos
110Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team
111Florian Senechal (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep
112Amaro Antunes (Por) CCC Team
113Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSF
114Josef Cerny (Cze) CCC Team
115Kamil Gradek (Pol) CCC Team0:29:19
116Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
117Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Bardiani CSF
118Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling Academy0:29:26
119Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:33:23
120Damiano Cima (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane0:40:55
121Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSF
122Jasha Sutterlin (Ger) Movistar Team
123Davide Cimolai (Ita) Israel Cycling Academy
124Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
125Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane
126Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal
127Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane
128Dmitrii Strakhov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin
129Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale
130Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling Academy
131Olivier Le Gac (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
132Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek-Segafredo
133Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin
134Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Groupama-FDJ
135Miles Scotson (Aus) Groupama-FDJ
136Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
137Luis Mas Bonet (Spa) Movistar Team
138Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
139Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Groupama-FDJ
140Tom Bohli (Swi) UAE Team Emirates
141Rudiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
142Jos van Emden (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma
143Thomas Leezer (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma
144Sho Hatsuyama (Jpn) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane
145Will Clarke (Aus) Trek-Segafredo
146Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
147Jonathan Caicedo (Ecu) EF Education First
148Conor Dunne (Irl) Israel Cycling Academy
149Awet Andemeskel (Eri) Israel Cycling Academy
DNFSam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb
DNFEnrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF
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Finish Line Points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar Team15pts
2Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott12
3Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec12
4Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida9
5Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec8
6Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe7
7Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar Team6
8Hugh John Carthy (GBr) EF Education First6
9Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team5
10Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo5
11Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Team Ineos4
12Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team4
13Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo-Visma3
14Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott3
15Joe Dombrowski (USA) EF Education First2
16Ivan Sosa (Col) Team Ineos2
17Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain-Merida1
18Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Mitchelton-Scott1
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KOM 1 Verrayes
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo18pts
2Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain-Merida8
3Ivan Sosa (Col) Team Ineos6
4Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe4
5Hugh John Carthy (GBr) EF Education First2
6Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec1
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KOM 2 Verrogne
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo40pts
2Ivan Sosa (Col) Team Ineos18
3Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec12
4Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec9
5Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott6
6Hugh John Carthy (GBr) EF Education First4
7Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team2
8Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Mitchelton-Scott1
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KOM 3 Truc d'Arbe
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo18pts
2Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec8
3Ivan Sosa (Col) Team Ineos6
4Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain-Merida4
5Tony Gallopin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale2
6Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team1
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KOM 4 Colle San Carlo
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar Team40pts
2Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida18
3Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar Team12
4Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team9
5Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo-Visma6
6Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe4
7Joe Dombrowski (USA) EF Education First2
8Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott1
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KOM 5 Courmayeur
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar Team9pts
2Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott4
3Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida2
4Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe1
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Intermediate sprint 1 - Aosta
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec10pts
2Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec6
3Hugh John Carthy (GBr) EF Education First3
4Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo2
5Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team1
6Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
7Ivan Sosa (Col) Team Ineos
8Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Mitchelton-Scott
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Intermediate sprint 2 - La Salle
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec10pts
2Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana Pro Team6
3Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo3
4Tony Gallopin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale2
5Hugh John Carthy (GBr) EF Education First1
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Combativity classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo15pts
2Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec13
3Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar Team12
4Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida7
5Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott6
6Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec6
7Ivan Sosa (Col) Team Ineos5
8Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar Team4
9Hugh John Carthy (GBr) EF Education First4
10Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana Pro Team4
11Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe3
12Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team2
13Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain-Merida2
14Tony Gallopin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale2
15Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team1
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Breakaway classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Hugh John Carthy (GBr) EF Education First38pts
2Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo38
3Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec38
4Ivan Sosa (Col) Team Ineos38
5Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec38
6Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott38
7Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team38
8Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Mitchelton-Scott38
9Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar Team28
10Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain-Merida8
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