Second at the Giro d'Italia an unwanted birthday present for Richard Carapaz

Ineos Grenadiers leader all but certain to finish as runner-up after tumultuous penultimate day

Richard Carapaz
(Image credit: Getty Images)

What a birthday present for Richard Carapaz. Having spent six days in the pink jersey at the Giro d'Italia, having been the outstanding favourite for victory of many for three weeks, the Ineos Grenadiers rider now has to deal with the ignominy with riding stage 21 with the almost-certain knowledge that he will finish second.

A podium finish at a Grand Tour might be a bit of a better present than that pair of socks you never wanted, the wrong PlayStation game or a book clearly picked up at random from the sorry selection in a supermarket, but it is still a disappointment.

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Adam Becket
News editor

Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.