Carapaz, the Ecuadorian who emigrated to Colombia to be a cyclist and exploded in the Giro

At 25, he has conquered his second stage in the Giro after which he achieved in 2018. Eusebio Unzué signed him directly in 2016. He is one of the climbers with the greatest projection.


Richard Carapaz won the fourth stage of Giro 2019, his second World Tour triumph after he achieved in this same race in 2018. And for this Ecuadorian who is still 25 years old, the Italian test has served to confirm what many suspected: The Movistar cyclist is one of the climbers with the most projection of the international peloton. If last year his fourth place in the general standings and his triumph in Montevergine di Mercogliano catapulted him to fame as the great revelation of the round, in this 2019 he has returned to raise his arms in the first big of the year.

A talent that immediately detected Eusebio Unzué in 2016. The manager of Movistar signed the contract personally after seeing him in action in the Colombian Youth Tour. He was only a few months in the Lizarte until he was claimed for the World Tour team. It was the dream fulfilled for this runner born in El Carmelo, an area of Ecuador located at almost 3,500 meters altitude, who at 15 years old knew he wanted to dedicate himself to cycling and immigrated to Colombia in search of that opportunity that would catapult him into professionalism.

When Unzué called him, he adapted perfectly to his life in Pamplona. He even thought the weather was similar to that of his hometown. Little by little it has been making a hole in the team, where it is known as 'Richie' and in which every time it is taking more weight. In the shadow of cyclists of the stature of Nairo Quintana, Mikel Landa or Alejandro Valverde, has known to have them of reference to learn, but also to look for his hollow to draw the attention. So much so that his name sounds more and more in the peloton, as he himself recognizes: "Now every time I start I see that I am more guarded" . But it also sounds in his country, Ecuador, where his successes have more and more repercussion: "Hopefully they serve to generate hobby."



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