Richard Carapaz ends the Tour Colombia second overall
EF Education-EasyPost attacked right to the finish
Rigoberto Urán charged up the finishing shoot in Bogota with Richard Carapaz on his wheel.
Spurred on by a grand-tour sized crowd, all hammering the barriers and waving their yellow, red, and blue flags, Richie launched out of Rigo’s draft in an all-out sprint towards the line and finished second. Carapaz ends the Tour Colombia second overall with the King of the Mountains jersey on his shoulders. Above all, he is proud of the way our team raced this week in Colombia.
“I’m very happy, because we did a great job for the whole stage,” Carapaz said at the finish line. “Piccolo, Esteban, Cepeda, and Rigo, especially in the end, did an enormous job. I’m very happy. We leave with a podium and with a stage. I think that we did a great performance in this Tour Colombia.”
EF Education-EasyPost attacked right to the finish. After Richie’s incredible stage-five win atop the Alto del Vino, the team was determined to go on the offensive again to try to take over the yellow GC leader’s jersey. Carapaz started the day 21-seconds back, but with only three third— and fourth-category climbs on the route from Sopo to the nation’s capital, it was always going to be tough to take the time. Still, we tried. The last hour of racing was a fireworks show, with pink rockets blasting off of the front group again and again. Richard attacked on the descent before the last sprint and took the bonus seconds. Then, he went again, after a huge pull from Alexander Cepeda, through a tunnel of fans on the Alto de Patias. The Colombian national team of the leader Rodrigo Contreras was strong though. Coming into Bogota, the front group was back together. Rigo led out the sprint for Richie.
“I think the team did a super good job,” Urán said afterwards in front of the adoring crowd. “We tried until the very last moment to win the race, but we did not get it in the end. But we are happy.”
Andrea Piccolo did a huge job for the team today.
“We tried everything,” he said. “I controlled the race the whole day and I left everything for the team knowing that Richard could win the race. We tried. In the end, we lost but we also won. I am very proud of my team. Congratulations to Richie and also to the winner Contreras.”
Esteban Chaves was also very proud of the way EF Education-EasyPost rode in his home country.
“We did a really good job today,” he shouted over the roar of the fans in Bogota. “We had five riders and all of us are little climbers, but we could control the race. It took a lot of effort. Everyone is now really tired. But we tried. It was beautiful to race like this together. Hopefully the race will be back next year!”
After an amazing week here, we’re already looking forward to the next Tour Colombia.