Richard Carapaz won stage 14 of the Vuelta a España, which took place between Montoro (Córdoba) and Sierra de la Pandera (Jaén), 160 km, in which the Belgian Remco Evenepoel defended the lead and the best Colombian was Miguel Ángel López, second in the stage and sixth overall.
The key was the final chain of the ports of Los Villares, second, and La Pandera, first class, in the goal.
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Fall of Higuita
< br>It was almost 23 kms. of continuous ascent with a small rest from the pass through the top of Los Villares (10.4, kms. to 5.5 of unevenness) to the beginning of the Pandera (8.4 to 7.8 and ramps at 15 percent to the beginning, in the middle and at the end of the stop).
Looking for a breakaway in the first few kilometers, the Colombian Sergio Higuita fell, but he had no serious consequences and continued in the race.
Alexey Lutsenko (Astana Qazaqstan) and Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) jumped out of the pack and were joined by Clément Champoussin (Ag2r Citroën), Luis León Sánchez (Bahrain Victorious), Bruno Armirail (Groupama-FDJ). Filippo Conca (Lotto Soudal), Kenny Elissonde and Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo), Raúl García Pierna (Team Kern Pharma) and Marco Brenner (Team DSM).
When the chaining began, Champoussin, Lutsenko, Luisle, Armirail, Carapaz, Conca, Brenner, Elissonde, Pedersen and García Pierna launched their breakaway attack, taking the lead.
Luis León Sánchez He jumped for the victory in the penultimate mountain prize, won it and jumped down. The chasing batch passed at 16 s and Evenepeol's group crossed at 2 min 15 s.
Jumbo Visma began to give way 15 km from the finish and caused damage, the lot dropped several runners, who could not keep up.
Carapaz caught up with Sánchez and the two went on to take over and took advantage. In the leading batch, the Ineos team stepped up. Evenepoel remained and López, the same.
Champoussin and Conga reached the lot, but 5 km from the finish line the difference dropped to 1 min 22 s. Evenepoel followed the passage of the Jumbo. López and Rigoberto Urán remained in that group, not another Colombian.
Primoz Rogliclaunched an attack 4 km from the goal, but the leader did not despair. Carapaz left alone.
López attacked 3 km from the finish line, Enric Mas hit him, Evenepoel suffered, he was left alone. The Colombian will go up in the general classification.
Evenepoel suffered, López displaces Wilco Kelderman and approaches Juan Ayuso in the general standings, tremendous stage.
López and Rogic left Mas and left, Evenepoel tried to recover, but it was too late.
This Sunday, another high finish, Martos > Sierra Nevada 152, km.
(Vuelta a España 2022: this is how the classifications go, after stage 14)