The declarations of the pink jersey during the rest day
Rest day at the Giro d'Italia before the great mountains and the decisive stages. It starts tomorrow with the Salò-Aprica , 202 km long , with the Mortirolo and the Valico di Santa Cristina to climb. A fraction that could already decisively define the general classification of the race.
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Richard Carapaz , current pink jersey and favorite on the eve, seems calm and aware of his own means, even if there is no shortage of opponents and everything is still very open: "The key stage will be tomorrow - said the Ecuadorian rider during the press conference scheduled on the day of rest - It will be a very hard stage, with 5000 meters of altitude difference and everyone's fatigue will be felt. Afterwards, you will have to stay focused every day, because there will be no smooth stages. Every day it will be possible to gain or lose something. A lot is still missing, we know that and we have a great team to defend the shirt. We are very motivated.
There are currently many possible rivals. Almeida and Hindley and Landa are great candidates to be able to win again. A tough week is coming with a lot of mountains, in which we will be able to play the Giro. I think these three are my biggest rivals and we'll see how they want to play their cards.
Compared to 2019, when I won the Giro, the situation is a bit different. Now I have more experience and a great team behind me and that makes a lot of difference. Now we know what we can do, while in 2019 there were more doubts. Personally, moreover, I feel stronger and this gives me a lot of confidence in what is to come ".
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