Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) won the overall title with 17 seconds ahead of Colombian Rigoberto Uran (EF Education-Nippo) and Dane Jakob Fuglsang (Astana-Premier Tech) third.“It’s a great victory, we worked really hard for it, we were in great shape, we tested each other to see where we are all, and winning here in Switzerland gives me a lot of confidence and the team too, ”Carapaz said after the race. “It’s a great race, and winning it is even better, and having this title on my record is something really special, I’m really happy. ”
Uran attempted several attacks on the last cobbled climb of the Gottardpass, but Carapaz stuck to his wheel with Dunbar. In the end, the stage victory was disputed between Michael Woods (Israel Start-Up Nation) and Gino Mäder (Bahrain Victorious) with Mäder adding a Tour de Suisse stage victory to his Giro stage victory. .
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“At the start of the day, we didn’t have a lot of seconds ahead of Rigo [Uran], but I knew I was feeling good and the team is doing great, I have a lot of confidence in them and them in me, and we knew they were going to attack, but in the end I had Eddie [Dunbar] with me and he responded to all attacks, and I felt good so I knew I could be there with them. When Rigo attacked I was there, and in the final it was really important to have a teammate with me, it makes you feel stronger and it was great to come together on the line.
“It’s great to have the team around me, how strong they were all, at the end we had the situation under control from the start, and at the end we had a great day together. “
Ineos was solid throughout the race, chasing the early attacks of riders such as Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) and Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) in the early stages.
It was important for Carapaz to have riders like Rohan Dennis and Luke Rowe around him on the flattest sections of the race, but it was above all up to Dunbar to take care of the winner of the 2019 Giro d’Italia in the mountains as riders like Pavel Sivakov still looked fit after crashing during this year’s Italian Grand Tour in week one.
Carapaz will now aim for its next two goals which are the Tour de France and the road race of the Olympic Games this summer. The Ecuadorian previously said Weekly Cycling he would be one of the leaders of Ineos on the Tour at the start of the year.
“It’s good to come here, we’ve worked hard since last year and it’s great to get this result. It was one of my main goals, so coming away with the win gives me confidence and the team also ahead of the rest of the summer, ”he said.