Thursday 20 June 2019

Carapaz in the pink with Giro crown bagged

Overall race winner Richard Carapaz holds the
Overall race winner Richard Carapaz holds the "Never ending trophy" (Trofeo Senza Fine) during podium ceremonies. Photo: LUK BENIES/AFP/Getty Images

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Richard Carapaz became the first Ecuadorian winner of the Giro d'Italia after safely negotiating the final individual time trial around Verona.

The 26-year-old Movistar rider held on to the pink jersey he first claimed after Stage 14 a week ago.

Carapaz finished the 21st and final stage some 40 seconds behind stage winner Chad Haga (Sunweb), but he had plenty of time to play with as he crossed the line.

Italian Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) held on to second place in the final standings, while Carapaz's team-mate Mikel Landa fell short of the time set by Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) and dropped to fourth behind the Slovenian.

Ireland's Eddie Dunbar finished 22nd overall in his first Grand Tour after impressing in the final week, while Conor Dunne completed the second Grand Tour of his career, finishing in 135th place.

On the home front, Chris McGlinchey and Eve McCrystal soloed to impressive wins in round three of the Cycling Ireland National Road Series in Ballymena on Saturday.

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