Richard Carapaz makes history

Richard Carapaz

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Richard Carapaz has previously spoken about cycling’s low visibility in Ecuador, even since his Giro d’Italia victory in 2019 and recent third place at the Tour de France, yet his Olympics road race win could yet provide the boost he wants for his sport in his home country.

When he crossed the finish line first, having escaped off the front in the closing kilometres alongside USA’s Brandon McNulty, then evading the Wout van Aert-led chase from behind, he made history for his country as he won just their second Olympic gold medal.