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With a summit victory atop Peñas Blancas on stage 12 of the Vuelta a España, Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) rescued what has been an uncharacteristically poor opening half to his race.
Lying in 24th place, the Ecuadorian lay well out of the GC battle at the start of the day, but he proved the strongest man from the breakaway on the 19km climb in Andalucía to soar to his first-ever Vuelta stage victory.
Carapaz picked his spot to jump, racing away from the remains of the break 2km from the finish and speeding to the line alone to take his third win of the season.
Wilco Kelderman (Bora-Hansgrohe) finished second, while Marc Soler and Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates) rolled home in third and fourth – Kelderman and Polanc pair poised to jump well into the GC top 10 as a result of their massive time gains on the peloton.
More to come.
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