The Take Out | Giro Stages 16-21 - What You Need To Know
The rise of Richard Carapaz has been meteoric
If you’d been presented with the South American triad of Lopez, Bernal and Carapaz at the start of this season, it would have a taken a brave man to pick Carapaz as the first to win a Grand Tour. It’s wholly deserved though, as he was unflappable over three weeks, giving Ecuador its first Grand Tour win.
Primož Roglič might have overcooked his lead-in
With three stage race wins already this year, Roglič was the red hot favourite at the start of the race, and also at the first rest-day, when he had a two-minute lead along with two stage wins. That could have been the problem though – he was a little too red hot at the start, and just wasn’t the same after the rest day. He was fantastic at the end of last year’s tour, so it was odd to see him suffer so badly here; definitely lessons to be learnt for next year.
Vincenzo Nibali might have spent a little too much time “playing the game”
Roglič’s fraudulent status as race favourite tricked everyone – it was halfway through the third week before Vincenzo Nibali realized the danger was elsewhere. For all the juicy quotes about the Slovenian, and time spent forcing him to work and then attacking, he forgot to check where Carapaz was in the standings.
Esteban Chaves gave everyone something to feel good about
There have been genuine questions about Esteban Chaves’ future in the sport over the last few years – the Virus that struck him in the Giro after he won the first mountain stage had him looking a shadow of himself. Hence, there weren’t many that were displeased to see him cross the line first in Saturday’s Stage 20. A result to get his career back on track, you could see how much it meant to him and his family who were waiting at the line.
It wasn’t exactly a vintage Giro
Is it fair to say we won’t remember this Giro like the Tom Poo-oulin edition in 2017, or Froome’s long-ranger last year? With a slightly dull opening 12 days that were only really memorable for crashes, the racing in the mountains only evolved into a full blown GC-battle on two or three days. The Mortirolo was thrilling, as was Movistar’s tactical masterclass over two days in the Alps, but it’s hard to put this one on the same level as the last few years.
See you back at the social club,