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Never leave the current heart of a champion for dead. The Ecuadorian Richard Carapaz won this Thursday in stage 12 of La Vuelta a España solo with a time of 4h.38.26at an average speed of 41.5 km/hour, 9 seconds ahead of the Dutchman Wilco Kelderman (Bora) and with a 25-second margin over the Spanish Marc Soler (UAE).
Carapaz is off the hook from the General Classification and decided this Thursday to attack with everything he had to win a stage in Spain for the first time in his career, and after 159 days without knowing the victory. He did it after crowning in the Alto de Peñas Blancas, near Estepona (Málaga, Andalusia). His attack began two kilometers from the finish line and he did not stop throwing fire at that ‘Locomotive’
He is also the first Ecuadorian to win a stage in La Vuelta a España. And with this, it was the third stage he won from him in a grand tour, he already did it in the Giro d’Italia and in the Tour de France. In addition, the remembered triumph at the Olympic Games in 2021.
Meanwhile, the Belgian cyclist Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step) keeps the red jersey that identifies him as the leader of the race as he crosses the finish line with the group of favorites Primoz Roglic, Enric Mas Juan Ayuso and Miguel Ángel Rodríguez.
Evenepoel, 22 years old, has 2.41 minutes ahead of Roglic and 3.03 minutes ahead of Spanish Enric Mas.
Colombian Santiago Buitrago (Bahraim) was not part of the start after testing positive for covid. In total, there have been 36 cyclists who had to leave La Vuelta a España since the start on August 19 in Utrecht (Holland), 23 of them due to covid positives.
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