Richard Carapaz

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Richard Carapaz
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Carapaz in 2017.
Personal information
Full nameRichard Antonio Carapaz Montenegro
NicknameLa Locomotora
Born (1993-05-29) 29 May 1993 (age 27)
El Carmelo, Tulcán Canton, Carchi Province, Ecuador
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)[1]
Weight62 kg (137 lb; 9 st 11 lb)[2]
Team information
Current teamIneos Grenadiers
Rider typeClimber
Amateur teams
2011Panavial–Coraje Carchense
2013RPM Ecuador
2014Panavial–GAD Carchi
Professional teams
2016Movistar Team (stagiaire)
2017–2019Movistar Team[3]
2020–Team Ineos
Major wins
Grand Tours
Giro d'Italia
General classification (2019)
3 individual stages (2018, 2019)

Richard Antonio Carapaz Montenegro (born 29 May 1993) is an Ecuadorian cyclist, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam Ineos Grenadiers.[4] He was Ecuador's first European-based professional cyclist.[5] In June 2019, Carapaz won the 2019 Giro d'Italia, becoming the first Ecuadorian rider to win the race.[6] He is nicknamed "La Locomotora" (The Locomotive).


Carapaz wearing the maglia rosa at the 2019 Giro d'Italia

Whilst at school, Carapaz was mentored by one of his teachers, former Olympic racing cyclist Juan Carlos Rosero, who started a cycling club at the school. The club has also produced a number of other professional riders, including Jhonatan Narvaez and Jonathan Caicedo.[5]

Carapaz was named in the startlist for the 2017 Vuelta a España. He finished 36th overall in the general classification.[7]

In May 2018, he was named in the startlist for the 2018 Giro d'Italia.[8] He won stage 8 of the race, becoming the first Ecuadorian cyclist to win a stage in a Grand Tour.

Riding for the Movistar Team, Carapaz won the 2019 Giro d'Italia. He won the fourth stage after a late attack. Multiple crashes with only a few kilometres left of the stage saw several riders go down. One of those affected was favorite Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb), who eventually finished the stage four minutes after many other favorites had crossed the line.[9] On Stage 13, Carapaz attacked and was let go by the two favourites for overall victory, Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain–Merida) and Primož Roglič (Team Jumbo–Visma). This placed him right with the other favourites, two minutes down on Roglic.[10] On Stage 14, Carapaz once again attacked and the rest of the favourites once again let him go, and let his gap grow to nearly two minutes for a decisive stage victory.[11] Carapaz successfully defended his lead for the rest of the race to take overall victory.[12] Carapaz became the first Ecuadorian rider to win a Grand Tour and the second South American rider to win the Giro, after Colombian Nairo Quintana in 2014.

On 2 September 2019, it was announced that Carapaz would be joining Team Ineos for the 2020 season on a three-year deal.[13] In August 2020, he was named in the startlist for the 2020 Tour de France.[14]

Major results[edit]

1st Ecuador NC.png Road race, National Junior Road Championships
1st PanAmericanJersey.png Road race, Pan American Under–23 Road Championships
2nd Overall Vuelta al Ecuador
9th Overall Tour de Savoie Mont-Blanc
9th Overall Vuelta a Guatemala
2nd Overall Vuelta al Ecuador
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Vuelta a Colombia Under–23
1st Stages 3 & 4
1st Stage 4 Clásico RCN
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Vuelta a Navarra
1st Stage 2
2nd Overall Route du Sud
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
2nd GP Industria & Artigianato di Larciano
4th Overall Vuelta a Castilla y León
6th Overall Vuelta a la Comunidad de Madrid
1st Jersey blue.svg Overall Vuelta a Asturias
1st Stage 2
3rd Overall Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali
4th Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 8
Held Jersey white.svg after Stages 6–13
5th Circuito de Getxo
1st Jersey pink.svg Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Stages 4 & 14
1st Jersey blue.svg Overall Vuelta a Asturias
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stage 2
3rd Overall Vuelta a Burgos
6th Overall Vuelta a San Juan
9th Overall Tour Colombia
1st Stage 3 Tour de Pologne
6th Overall Vuelta a Burgos
Tour de France
Held Jersey polkadot.svg after Stages 18–19
Jersey red number.svg Combativity award Stage 16
Vuelta a España
Held Jersey red.svg after Stages 6–
Held Jersey blue polkadot.svg after Stages 2–4

General classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour general classification results
Grand Tour 2017 2018 2019 2020
A pink jersey Giro d'Italia 4 1
A yellow jersey Tour de France 13
A red jersey Vuelta a España 36 18 IP
Major stage race general classification results
Race 2017 2018 2019 2020
Jersey yellow.svg Paris–Nice 11
Jersey blue.svg Tirreno–Adriatico 20
MaillotVolta.png Volta a Catalunya 26 NH
Jersey yellow.svg Tour of the Basque Country
Jersey yellow.svg Tour de Romandie 38
Jersey yellow-bluebar.svg Critérium du Dauphiné 44
Jersey yellow.svg Tour de Suisse NH
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish


  1. ^ "Richard Carapaz – Team INEOS Grenadiers". Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  2. ^ "Richard Carapaz". ProCyclingStats. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  3. ^ "Movistar Team launches 2019 season with highest hopes". Telefónica. Telefónica, S.A. 18 December 2018. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Team Ineos". Union Cycliste Internationale. Archived from the original on 2 January 2020. Retrieved 2 January 2020.
  5. ^ a b Fotheringham, Alasdair (13 September 2020). "Richard Carapaz: From Ecuador to Grand Tour winner". Retrieved 6 October 2020.
  6. ^ "Giro d'Italia: Richard Carapaz becomes the first Ecuadorian and to win the Giro d'Italia". BBC Sport. 2 June 2019. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  7. ^ "2017 > 72nd Vuelta a España > Startlist". ProCyclingStats. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  8. ^ "2018: 101st Giro d'Italia: Start List". ProCyclingStats. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  9. ^ Lowe, Felix (14 May 2019). "Richard Carapaz won Stage 4 of the Giro d'Italia, holding off Paul Martens for the victory, but the". Eurosport. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  10. ^ Perelman, Rich (2019-05-24). "CYCLING: Russia's Zakarin scores surprise win in Giro Stage 13 and rides into overall contention". The Sports Examiner. Retrieved 2019-06-13.
  11. ^ "Carapaz in pink, and the favourites reshuffle: Giro d'Italia, stage 14". CyclingTips. 2019-05-26. Retrieved 2019-06-13.
  12. ^ "Richard Carapaz wins Giro d'Italia to make cycling history for Ecuador". Guardian. 2 June 2019. Retrieved 4 June 2019.
  13. ^ "Carapaz to join Team INEOS in 2020".
  14. ^ "107th Tour de France: Startlist". ProCyclingStats. Retrieved 27 August 2020.

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