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Vuelta a España: Richard Carapaz penalized 20 seconds in Monday’s stage

The race jury slapped a 20-second penalty on the recently crowned Olympic champion for an illegal feed.

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Olympic champion Richard Carapaz was penalized 20 seconds Monday on a day when the Ineos Grenadiers captain tumbled out of contention in the first major mountain-top finale at the Vuelta a España.

Also read: Picón Blanco pays price for some GC contenders

Carapaz lost one minute to his direct rivals in the first-category Picón Blanco summit finish Monday, and also received a 20-second penalty from the race jury.

Officials hit Carapaz with the penalty for an unauthorized feed, and also fined Ineos Grenadiers sport director €1,000.

Also read: Carapaz disqualified for ‘super-tuck’ position

In April, Carapaz was disqualified from Liège-Bastogne-Liège for using the banned “super tuck” position during the spring monument.

Penalties for illegal feeds can prove costly on a rider’s overall time, similar to what sent Julian Alaphilippe out of the yellow jersey in the 2020 Tour de France.