Movistar strike again as Richard Carapaz wins stage 14 ahead of Simon Yates to take lead at Giro d'Italia

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Richard Carapaz crosses the finishing line to win stage 14 at the Giro d'Italia - 2019 Getty Images


Carapaz is the new race leader 

Vincenzo Nibali  (Bahrain-Merida) leads the bunch over the line to pick up a 4sec time-bonus, but Richard Carapaz (Movistar) is the new maglia rosa. What another quite spectacular day of racing at the Giro d'Italia, what another quite spectacular day of racing from Movistar. For the third day running the Spanish squad played that perfectly.

Carapaz will take a 7sec lead over Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) into Sunday's stage 15, while Nibali starts in third, 1min 47sec off the pace.

Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) finished in the gruppetto but retained his maglia ciclamino as leader in the points classification. The remaining jerseys – the maglia azzurra and maglia bianca – stay with Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) and Pavel Sivakov (Ineos), the respective leaders in the mountains and young rider classifications.


Yates finishes second

Simon Yates is back. After yesterday's disappointment, the Mitchelton-Scott rider has gained some vital time on his rivals. The boy from Bury is down, but not out. The runners-up spot should propel the Briton into the top 10 on general classification. That will be a huge boost for the lad.


Carapaz wins stage 14

What a ride son, what a brilliant brilliant stage win. Perfectly executed, once again, by Movistar.


1km to go

Richard Carapaz will shortly win stage 14 at the Giro d'Italia, his second at this year's race and third of his career, but is he becoming the new maglia rosa


Carapaz is riding into pink!

This is incredible. I think, if my calculations are correct, that Richard Carapaz is getting very very close to taking the lead at the Giro d'Italia. Even if he doesn't take the jersey, he will be withing touching distance of Primoz Roglic.


2.5km to go

Richard Carapaz's advantage grows even further: 1min 25sec.


3km to go

Richard Carapaz leads by 1min 15sec; Simon Yates attacks off the front but there is no reaction.


3.8km to go

Miguel Ángel López attacks again, but the Colombian is marked out. Pavel Sivakov is the next to put in an attack but again, it is extinguished.


4.5km to go

Richard Carapaz is gaining more and more time on his rivals. In fact, he is becoming a very big danger to Primoz Roglic. As it stands, I think, he is around 45sec behind the Jumbo-Visma rider on virtual general classification.


5.5km to go

Simon Yates and Joe Dombrowski ride on through the five-man group featuring Vincenzo Nibali, Primoz Roglic, Mikel Landa, Miguel Ángel López mand Rafal Majka. Richard Carapaz's lead grows to 1min 10sec.


6km to go

Richard Carapaz is, surely, going to win another stage at this year's Giro d'Italia. There's some distance to go, but his advantage has grown out to almost a minute. Simon Yates and Joe Dombrowski, meanwhile, have got back on.

Richard Carapaz rides, surely, towards a second stgae victory at this year's Giro d'Italia Credit: GETTY IMAGES


7km to go

Simon Yates and Joe Dombrowski are within touching distance of the chasing group.  There appears to have been a slowing in the pace of this group which has allowed Richard Carapaz to increase his advantage to almost 50sec.


8km to go

No change out on the road. All down to this final climb. This, by the way, is what the riders have been racing down.

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11km to go

Richard Carapaz's lead has grown out to 32sec. Reports are saying that it is raining at the finish line where a headwind is also blowing. Will Carapaz be able to hold on to his lead, or will the Movistar man be caught?


14km to go

All of thees riders are continuing to descend. Simon Yates and Joe Dombrowski are in pursuit of Primoz Roglic's group. The Jumbo-Visma rider, by the way, is hunched over his handlebars on the front. Despite all the talk of having a weak team, the Slovenian has yet to show any signs of weakness at this year's race.


15.5km to go

Rafal Majka is back in the chasing quintet which also features Vincenzo Nibali, Primoz Roglic, Mikel Landa and Miguel Ángel López. Richard Carapaz's lead has dropped to 21sec, but as it stands he has climbed to second on the virtual general classification, but we still have this final climb to follow. 

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19km to go

Richard Carapaz leads the stage by 27sec; Primoz Roglic is the new virtual leader of the Giro d'Italia. Simon Yates is 10sec behind the Nibali-Roglic group.


23km to go

Richard Carapaz is flying downhill; further back and Vincenzo Nibali is leading the chasers. The Italian has a slight lead on Mikel Landa with Primoz Roglic tucked behind. Miguel Ángel López trails. Rafal Majka is next on the road while Simon Yates, who almost got back on before Nibali attacked near the summit, is next on the road.


25km to go

Richard Carapaz goes over the summit around 30sec ahead of Vincenzo Nibali, Primoz Roglic and Miguel Ángel López. Newspaper stuffed down his jersey ahead of the chilly, but rapid, descent.


25.5km to go

Primoz Roglic rides on the front, Vincenzo Nibali though takes over. The big question many will be asking now is: will Nibali attempt to put the pressure on Roglic on the descent? Mind, Roglic is a crack descender so maybe not.


26.5km to go | 2km from the summit

The Ecuadorian climber is putting further time into Vincenzo Nibali et al. With the maglia rosa Jan Polanc going backwards and Bauke Mollema and Ilnur Zakarin also losing time today, the Movistar rider could be riding himself onto the podium here, providing he can hold off the chasing group on the descent into the final climb of the day.


27km to go

Richard Carapaz is flying off up the road. Vincenzo Nibali responded, but was marked out by Primoz Roglic, Mikel Landa and Miguel Ángel López.


27.8km to go | 3km from the summit

Richard Carapaz darts off the front, the Movistar man riding effortlessly as he flattens out these steep slopes with aplomb.


28km to go

As it satnd, the leading group comprises: Mikel Landa, Rafal Majka, Vincenzo Nibali, Primoz Roglic, Giulio Ciccone, Damiano Caruso, Miguel Ángel López and Joe Dombrowski. 

Simon Yates is around 20sec back, just a few bike lengths behind Pavel Sivakov.

Roglic is now the virtual leader at the Giro.


29km to go

Iván Sosa is caught by the peloton after Vincenzo Nibali puts in another dig, but Roglic remains glued to his wheel. 


29.4km to go

Lucas Hamilton drops back to help Simon Yates who is still attempting to bridge over to Nibali et al.


López attacks the peloton!

Miguel Ángel López takes things up on the front with a sharp increase in pace, but the Astana rider was soon reined back in. That attack came at the worst possible time for Simon Yates who had almost got back on.


Ciccone attacks!

The leader in the mountains classification, Giulio Ciccone, has chipped off the front leaving the pair of Fausto Masnada and Iván Sosa trailing behind.


30.5km to go

Simon Yates, who had been riding off the back with Bauke Mollema, appears to have found his rhythm and is edging up towards the group of favourites. The Trek-Segafredo man, though, is going backwards.


31km to go

Rafal Majkaand his Bora-Hansgrohe team-mate Davide Formolo are in this group with Nibali and Roglic. The maglia rosa is losing more and more time, we could be getting a new race leader this evening.


31.5km to go

Damiano Caruso is riding extremely hard on the front with 6km of this horrible looking climb. Tucked in behind is Vincenzo Nibali who has Primoz Roglic shadowing him.


32km to go

Damiano Caruso and Andrey Amador both drop back from the breakaway to help their respective leaders, Vincenzo Nibali and Mikel Landa-Richard Carapaz. The maglia rosa is going backwards and has lost over a minute.


Nibali attacks! 

Vincenzo Nibali goes quite early into this climb, the Bahrain-Merida team leader takes with him Primoz Roglic, Mikel Landa, Richard Carapaz and Miguel Ángel López but there's no sign of Simon Yates. What a select group that is, but it's early days.


Juul-Jensen is dropped

Christopher Juul-Jensen cannot hold the wheels of the breakaway and the Dane has popped. Back in the peloton, Vincenzo Nibali has shuffled his way to the front of the pack, tucked in behind a team-mate.


34km to go

Jumbo-Visma, Bahrain-Merida and Movistar – in that order – are on the front of the peloton, 1min 29sec behind the stage leaders, while the maglia rosa of Jan Polanc labours at the back.


34.5km to go

Jumbo-Visma lose a rider in the opening 200 metres of this tough looking climb.


35km to go

The breakaway is on the Colle San Carlo climb now. Will anybody fancy attacking – Hugh Carthy, Fausto Masnada? The peloton trails by 1min 45sec.


40km to go

Fausto Masnada is pulling on the front of the breakaway, the young Italian once again impressing. Jumbo-Visma continue to lead the peloton, it feels very much like the calm before the storm.


42km to go

Though far from being the longest climb in the world, the Colle San Carlo has some long sections that are 10 per cent in gradient so certainly one that will suit anybody who fancies an aggressive afternoon. Once over the top, too, there is a very technical descent where some may fancy putting the hurt on.

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45km to go

The breakaway is edging ever nearer to the big climb of the day, the Colle San Carlo. Their advantage has dropped to just 1min 25sec and so one would imagine they will be caught at some point.

Credit: Getty Images


Gallopin punctures

Tony Gallopin has had to stop for a wheel change after the Ag2r-La Mondiale team leader punctured on a slight descent.


51km to go

Miguel Ángel López just rode off the front of the peloton ... but the Colombian was looking for an Astana soigneur who was standing at the roadside with a bottle for him. A few chuckles back in the bunch as some thought he was attacking. It would appear that the main general classification contenders are waiting for the penultimate climb, the category one Colle San Carlo, on which to launch their moves.


55.2km to go

And once again, Giulio Ciccone takes maximum points at the summit to extend his lead even further in the mountains classification. Mattia Cattaneo rolled over in second, Iván Sosa was third. 


57km to go

Reports are coming in that there is rain at the finish line. Lucas Hamilton, meanwhile, just required a rear wheel change. It wasn't too quick, but luckily for him the breakaway – which swelled to 12 riders after Ion Izagirre, Domenico Pozzovivo, Tony Gallopin and Hubert Dupont managed to catch them – is not riding full gas just yet. He should, hopefully be able to get back on. The peloton trails by 1min 55sec.


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Talking tactics

A number of people are questioning Jumbo-Visma's tactics of riding on the front of the peloton, suggesting they don't need to chase. With those satellite riders up the road, Astana (Miguel Ángel López), Movistar (Mikel Landa) and Bahrain-Merida (Vincenzo Nibali) will not want the gap growing out too far and so Primoz Roglic's team are now doing the work of the challengers. However, another school of thought is that by keeping the gap relatively small, Jumbo-Visma will negate the benefit of those riders up the road. I guess time will tell.


65km to go

The three groups – the breakaway, the chasing quartet and the peloton – have managed to navigate their way down the other side with no issues. Next up will be the category two climb up towards Combes . . .



75km to go

Jumbo-Visma and the peloton have crested the summit and are descending these narrow technical roads fairly gingerly. Better to be safe and upright than fast and in the ditch, just ask Steven Kruijswijk.

Ion Izagirre, Domenico Pozzovivo, Tony Gallopin and Hubert Dupont are stuck in no man's land – 1min 11sec behind the stage leaders and 1min 8sec ahead of the peloton – but are gradually making gains.


78km to go

Giulio Ciccone goes over the summit of the category one climb to extend his lead in the mountains classification, but the Italian was made to work for them after Iván Sosa opened up his legs a little. The road is showing signs of moisture – perhaps there has been a shower? – and a number of the riders have taken on gilets from their respective team cars which would suggest it is getting quite chilly up there. Once the descent starts, the riders will have to concentrate. When the road switches from dry to wet it can make descending, particularly cornering, quite treacherous.


81km to go

Ion Izagirre, Domenico Pozzovivo, Tony Gallopin and Hubert Dupont have put around 55sec into the peloton, working well together in a time-trial formation as they edge up towards the summit of this climb.

Further back, Sepp Kuss is back in the game and is riding on the front of the peloton on behalf of his Jumbo-Visma leader Primoz Roglic. 


The gang of four

Ion Izagirre and Domenico Pozzovivo have bridged over to Tony Gallopin and Hubert Dupont. The eight-man breakaway, meanwhile, has increased its lead on the peloton to 3min 20sec.

The roads are still dry, but those clouds do not look too friendly.


Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before

Ion Izagirre (Astana) was the next rider to make his move and the Basque has been joined by Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida). Both of these riders went up the road during Friday's stage, though the former had to drop back to assist team-mate Miguel Ángel López following the Colombian's mechanical. Pozzovivo ​was on hand to help his leader Vincenzo Nibali and save the two-time winner a few watts.


Gallopin away . . .

Tony Gallopin and Ag2r-La Mondiale team-mate Hubert Dupont have put in an attack off the front of the peloton. Neither offer any threat in the general classification and so there was, as you would expect, absolutely no reaction. 

Tony Gallopin and Hubert Dupont ghost their way off the front of the peloton Credit: Getty Images

Gallopin finished second during stage seven, and will be aiming here to bridge over to the breakaway.


88km to go

Young British climber Hugh Carthy, who lost the white jersey – the maglia bianca – to Pavel Sivakov (Ineos) on Friday, is the highest placed rider on general classification in this eight-man breakaway. The EF Education First rider from Preston stated the day 16th on general classification, 13min 2sec behind Jan Polanc who holds the maglia rosa. That break, by the way, has just increased its lead to a shade over three minutes as it continues to climb towards the ominously dark clouds that are hanging around the peaks.


90km to go

Primoz Roglic has a three Jumbo-Visma team-mates riding on the front of the peloton as its edges its way up the lower slopes of the category one climb up to Verrogne which looks a little like this . . .


There are 40 points on offer at the top in the mountains classification. With maglia azzurra Giulio Ciccone in the leading group, 2min 33sec ahead of the peloton, I imagine the Italian Trek-Segafredo rider will be adding to his tally and tightening his grip on that blue jersey.


95km to go

The eight-man breakaway of Andrey Amador, Hugh Carthy, Mattia Cattaneo, Giulio Ciccone, Lucas Hamilton, Christopher Juul-Jensen, Fausto Masnada and Iván Sosa now leads what I will be calling the peloton – the group with Primoz Roglic and his rivals – by 2min 30sec.


Friendly fire

A few minutes ago Vincenzo Nibali fist-bumped Mikel Landa. What does it all mean? Just some former team-mates (Astana) saying 'ciao' to each other, or is there a deeper meaning? 


All change at the front | 100km to go

Andrey Amador (Movistar), Mattia Cattaneo (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec), Giulio Ciccone, Lucas Hamilton (Mitchelton-Scott), Christopher Juul-Jensen (Mitchelton-Scott) and Fausto Masnada (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) now lead the stage, while Hugh Carthy and Iván Sosa are in pursuit. For the second day running the Costa Rican rider Amador has managed to get himself up the road in the break, perfectly positioned to help team-mate Mikel Landa or Richard Carapaz leter in the stage. Simon Yates, meanwhile, has two riders in Hamilton and Juul-Jensen should he feel he has the legs to do something today. Hamilton, by the way, is making his grand tour debut at this year's Giro d'Italia and has, thus far, looked fairly impressive.


Oomen abandons! 

The young Dutchman Sam Oomen has quit the race, leaving his Sunweb team with just four riders – Jan Bakelants, Chad Haga, Chris Hamilton, Jai Hindley – remaining.


107km to go

As it stands there are three groups on the road worth talking about. 

The breakaway, which features just two riders – Damiano Caruso (Bahrain-Merida) and Pello Bilbao (Astana) – leads by a handful of seconds as they head towards the valley, the only flat section of today's stage. Chasing is Hugh Carthy (EF Education First) while around 15sec down the road is a group of around 35 riders, which includes a number of the big names: Roglic, Vincenzo Nibali, Simon Yates, Richard Carapaz are all there. As is Iván Sosa, Pello Bilbao (Astana), Mikel Nieve (Mitchelton-Scott), Joe Dombrowski (EF Education First) and the maglia rosa Jan Polanc (UEA Team Emirates).


Kuss dropped!

Bad news for Primoz Roglic whose Jumbo-Visma team-mate Sepp Kuss has been dropped and is in the early gruppetto. The young American came into the team to replace the injured Robert Gesink.


Early flyers | 117km to go

As predicted, today's stage took no time to get off to a rapid start. Right from the flag Cesare Benedetti (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Marco Haller (Katusha-Alpecin) attacked off the front, though as soon as the race reached the bottom of the first climb of the day Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) and Iván Sosa (Ineos) pressed on taking with them a group of strong looking riders. 

Ciccone took the points atop the category two climb to extend his lead in the mountains classification.


Welcome all

Ciao, buongiorno and welcome to our live rolling blog from stage 14 of the 102nd edition of the Giro d'Italia, the 131km run from Saint-Vincent to Courmayeur.

stage 14

Today looks like yet another humdinger of a stage with five categorised climbs – Verrayes (category two), Verrogne (category one), Combes (category two), Colle San Carlo (category one) before the final run-in towards the line in Courmayeur where there is a category three climb – over a relatively compact stage. Quite incredibly there's just 14km of flat road today, so it will be up and down all day when I imagine there will be some high-intensity racing. Possibly from the flag. Plenty to race for today, both points in the race for the mountains classification, the stage win and, of course, the general classification.

Miguel Ángel López (Astana) needs to bounce back from the setbacks he has faced. The Colombian had a puncture during last Sunday's time trial and then yesterday lost more time after suffering a problem with his gears, but proved on Friday he has the legs as he chased back to limit his losses. Equally, Richard Carapaz looked strong towards the end of yesterday's stage while Mikel Landa, the Ecuadorian's team-mate at Movistar, did himself a huge favour after gaining 1min 41sec (including the time bonus for finishing third) on Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) and Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida). Any of these riders could fancy their chances today, as could Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) who has certainly packed his legs for Italy, while Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) may give it a face-saving go. I imagine at some point Fausto Masnada (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) will feature, but can the young Italian win a second stage to increase his stock further still ahead of his potential move to a WorldTour team?


Where are we?

Here's a reminder of the route of this year's Giro d'Italia . . .

Giro route

   . . . and here are the details of each and every stage at this year's race:


As it stands . . . 

Here's what the standings look like in the general, points, mountains, young rider and team classifications after 13 days of racing.


The Cycling Podcast: re-cap of yesterday's stage

The Giro d’Italia sparked into life on stage 13 as the first summit finish saw Ilnur Zakarin win and haul himself back into overall contention.

Behind him, Mikel Landa, Richard Carapaz, Vincenzo Nibali and Primoz Roglic all impressed as Simon Yates lost time.

In the podcast the team hear from Landa, his sports director Max Sciandri, Zakarin’s sports director Dimitri Konyshev, and also from Marco Haller, who found himself the ‘star’ of a video clip that went viral on social media.