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Hurt claims first Grand Tour stage, Carapaz advances to Giro

APRICA, Italy ( Associated Press) – Czech cyclist Jan Hurt won the tough 16th stage of the Giro d’Italia for his first Grand Tour victory on Tuesday, and Richard Carapaz donned the pink jersey for the final week’s race in the high mountains. kept as

Hurt almost held his head in disbelief before raising his hand in the air as he crossed the line at the end of the 202-kilometre (126 mi) route from Salo to Aprica, which included one of the sport’s most difficult climbs on Mortiro.

“Every time someone asks me why I go cycling, what I want to achieve, I thought I wanted to win a stage at the Giro and then I could stop my career,” laughs Hurt. Said happened. “So now I’m happy, but I don’t want to stop.”

The leg also included two other top-classed ascents as more than 5,000 meters (16,000 ft) of ascent was packed into one epic stage. It was also the race’s annual wine stage and was dedicated to the Sforzato variety of the Valtellina region.

Hurt attacked with a two-point gradient near the top of the Santa Cristina climb, and although he had almost lost control of the descent made treacherous by earlier rain, the 31-year-old managed to stay on his bicycle and finished seven seconds ahead. Went. Thiemen Ehrensmann.

“I wanted to try something nice today,” Hurt said. “I had pretty tough moments…. then on the last climb I also had a problem with my bike, it was not shifting properly and the chain was jumping and I had cramps on the downhill too, so I really Tha was suffering and I had all these problems, but I wanted to win so much so I fight till the end.”

There was a fight for third place and the final bonus second between the overall favorites, with Jay Hindle taking out Carapaz and Mikel Landa. The quartet – which also included Alejandro Valverde – crossed 1 minute, 24 seconds behind Hurt.

Hindley, the runner-up in 2020, reduced the gap to Carapaz by three seconds. Joo Almeida finished third overall but lost 14 seconds and is now 0:44 behind the Ecuadorian cyclist.

Carapaz said, “It was a difficult phase and in the end I have to say that I am happy.” “I thought I was going to win the sprint for third place. I eventually didn’t, but it’s still a good day for me.

“I’ve lost a few seconds on the Hindley but I’ve gained more on the Almeida so the balance is positive.”

Landa was fourth, while two-time Giro winner Vincenzo Nibali dropped to fifth after a peloton attack on Paso Mortirolo’s descent. Although he was caught by his rivals, the form he showed indicated that there was more to come for the Italian cyclist at his last Giro.

Wednesday’s 17th stage is about 4,000 meters (13,000 ft) of climb along a 168-km route from Ponte di Legno to Lavron.

The Giro ends in Verona on Sunday.

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