Carapaz wins his third stage as Evenepoel seals overall victory!
Richard Carapaz started the Vuelta a Espana with the goal of winning it, and although he failed to contest the overall classification, he has succeeded as he took his third stage win at the Puerto de Navacerrada. Remco Evenepoel sealed the overall victory resisting attacks by Enric Mas
The start of the stage saw several attacks, with a small group going up the road and getting three minutes advantage, Marc Soler bridged across to the breakway, whilst several groups formed behind and started gaining distance on the peloton.
It was a chaotic first hour of racing, eventually Marc Soler and Robert Stannard went clear from the rest of the breakaway, a 24 rider group chasing. With 70 kilometers to go the duo was caught by the peloton, and despite several attacks, the situation remained relatively constant.
At the climb of the Puerto de la Morcuera, Richard Carapaz, Sergio Higuita and Louis Meintjes gwent clear from the breakaway. The trio went over the summit with just under two minutes lead over the GC group where Enric Mas attacked, as did Miguel ´Ángel López and Juan Ayuso, but all attacks were nullified by Remco Evenepoel.
The trio entered the final ascent to Puerto de Cotos alone, Meintjes eventually dropped, and Richard Carapaz attacking near the summit of the final climb, with the GC group just behinf. López and Mas attacked again but with no success, closing much of the gap but seeing little gaps between the top 10 riders, UAE took control of the group to protect Juan Ayuso's third place.
Carapaz got a gap of 25 seconds lead on the GC group on the final descent, behind Thymen Arensman attacked with three kilometers to go.
Ecuadorian Polka Dot jersey wearer Carapaz managed to hang onto his lead to take another impressive victory, his 3rd stage victory at this year's Vuelta.
Arensman took second place, with Juan Ayuso sprinting for third place, behin in the main GC group Remco Evenepoel arrived, and sealed the overall victory of the 2022 La Vuelta.
VIDEO: Stage 20 Highlights
Stage 20 Top 10
1 ECU Richard Carapaz INEOS Grenadiers 04:41:34
2 NED Thymen Arensman Team DSM + 08
3 ESP Juan Ayuso UAE Team Emirates + 13
4 AUS Jai Hindley BORA-hansgrohe + 13
5 ESP Enric Mas Movistar Team + 13
6 BEL Remco Evenepoel Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team + 15
7 RSA Louis Meintjes Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert + 15
8 COL Miguel Ángel López Astana Qazaqstan Team + 15
9 POR Joao Almeida UAE Team Emirates + 17
10 COL Sergio Higuita BORA-hansgrohe + 32
GC after stage 20
01 BEL Remco Evenepoel Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team 78:00:12
02 ESP Enric Mas Movistar Team + 02:05
03 ESP Juan Ayuso UAE Team Emirates + 05:08
04 COL Miguel Ángel López Astana Qazaqstan Team + 05:56
05 POR Joao Almeida UAE Team Emirates + 07:16
06 NED Thymen Arensman Team DSM + 07:56
07 ESP Carlos Rodriguez INEOS Grenadiers + 07:57
08 AUS Ben O'Connor AG2R Citroën Team + 10:30
09 COL Rigoberto Uran EF Education-EasyPost + 11:04
10 AUS Jai Hindley BORA-hansgrohe + 12:01