(Reuters) – Simon Yates went solo within the finale to win the 14th stage of the Giro d’Italia as Richard Carapaz took over as general race chief on Saturday.
Briton Yates, whose title ambitions had already been dashed, attacked from a bunch of 4 with 4 kilometres left to prevail in Turin after a 147-kilometre journey from Santena.
Ecuador’s Carapaz, who was third on the day behind Australia’s Jai Hindley, snatched the chief’s maglia rosa jersey from Juanpe Lopez after the Spaniard cracked on the penultimate ascent of the day.
Former champion Vincenzo Nibali was fourth, 15 seconds down on Yates and crushed within the dash by Hindley and Carapaz.
Ineos-Grenadiers rider Carapaz, who received the 2019 Giro when driving for Movistar, attacked on the Superga climb, a 5-km ascent at 8.6%, and Lopez misplaced contact to complete 4 minutes and 25 seconds off the tempo.
Carapaz was nonetheless caught by Hindley, Nibali and Yates on the ascent to the Colle della (*14*) and he lacked a little bit of juice for the ultimate dash.
Overall, he now leads Hindley, whose Bora-Hansgrohe workforce blew up the race with 80km to go, by seven seconds, and Portugal’s Joao Almeida, who took sixth place 39 seconds behind Yates, by 30 seconds.
Tom Dumoulin, the 2017 winner, deserted early within the stage as he was affected by again issues.
Sunday’s fifteenth stage is a brutal 177-km mountain trek from Rivarolo Cavanese to Cogne within the Aosta valley.
(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Hugh Lawson)