Carapaz: “I moved on mentally”
September 1 st 2022 - 18:04
Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers): "To be honest, I feel happiness, because we came here with a goal and the circumstances weren’t in our favour. We had the focus now on trying to win a stage, and I’m really happy with that. Bora were doing almost all the work and I waited for the last moment. I know, at 2km for the finish, that the last 1,8 kilometres were so hard, and very regular. I knew I had one move left and I made the most out of. I’m very happy. Mostly because the feelings I hoped for from the start are back. I have to enjoy it. I knew I wasn’t coming with the best condition after crashing at home. When we arrived in Spain after the Netherlands, we hit the mountains and it was a bit complicated for me. I moved on mentally to focus on a stage win. I knew I could do it in La Vuelta. Other years, I came 2nd, 3rd… It’s the first time, so I’m moved. There are still many stages to keep trying. We have to make the most of our current level."