Richard Carapaz

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Richard Carapaz
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Carapaz in 2017.
Personal information
Full nameRichard Antonio Carapaz Montenegro
NicknameLa Locomotora, El Jaguar de Tulcan, Billy[1]
Born (1993-05-29) 29 May 1993 (age 29)
Tulcán Canton, Ecuador
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)[2]
Weight62 kg (137 lb; 9 st 11 lb)[3]
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[4]
2020–Team Ineos[5]
Major wins
Grand Tours
Giro d'Italia
General classification (2019)
3 individual stages (2018, 2019)

Stage races

Tour de Suisse (2021)

One-day races and Classics

Olympic Games Road Race (2020)
National Time Trial Championships (2022)

Richard Antonio Carapaz Montenegro (born 29 May 1993) is an Ecuadorian professional road racing cyclist who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam Ineos Grenadiers.[6] Carapaz won the 2019 Giro d'Italia, becoming the first Ecuadorian rider to win the race.[7] In July 2021, he won the gold medal in the road race at the 2020 Summer Olympics, becoming the first Ecuadorian cyclist to win a medal and only the second Ecuadorian to win a gold medal at the Olympic Games. In doing so, he became the first cyclist to achieve an Olympic road race gold medal and a podium finish in each of the three Grand Tours.[citation needed]

Early life[edit]

Carapaz was born in El Carmelo, Tulcán Canton. Whilst at school, he 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 Narváez and Jonathan Caicedo.[8] Prior to taking up cycling, Carapaz competed for his school as a runner.[9]


Movistar Team (2016–2019)[edit]


Carapaz began his career with amateur teams in Ecuador, Colombia and Spain. On 28 July 2016, he joined Movistar Team from Lizarte as a trainee for the remainder of the 2016 season.[10][11] He signed as a professional rider ahead of the 2017 season.[12]


In his first full year for the Movistar Team, Carapaz came second in both the GP Industria & Artigianato and the Route du Sud.[13][14] He made his Grand Tour debut in the Vuelta a España, finishing 36th overall.[15]


His first professional victories came in 2018, with a stage and the overall in the Vuelta a Asturias.[16] He won stage 8 of the Giro d'Italia, becoming the first Ecuadorian cyclist to win a Grand Tour stage.[17] He finished in the top ten in five other stages of that race, and finished fourth in the general classification. He also completed the 2018 Vuelta a España in 18th place.[18]


Carapaz wearing the maglia rosa on stage 17 of the 2019 Giro d'Italia

Carapaz again won the Vuelta a Asturias in 2019,[19] and went on to win the 2019 Giro d'Italia. After multiple crashes late in stage 4 saw several riders go down and a select group break off on the front, Carapaz made an attack in the final kilometre to take the stage win.[20] On Stage 13, Carapaz attacked and got clear of the two favourites for overall victory, Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain–Merida) and Primož Roglič (Team Jumbo–Visma). This placed him among the other favourites, two minutes down on Roglič.[21] On stage 14, Carapaz again attacked and won the stage by almost two minutes, taking the general classification lead.[22] Carapaz successfully defended his lead for the rest of the race to take the overall victory. 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.[23]

Team Ineos (2020–present)[edit]


Carapaz joined Team Ineos at the beginning of the 2020 season on a three-year deal.[24] His first win for the team came on 7 August, on the third stage of the Tour de Pologne: on the uphill drag to the finish, Carapaz made an attack in the final kilometre and held off the peloton.[25] In the Tour de France, he came second in both stages 16 and 18. On the latter stage, he finished alongside teammate Michał Kwiatkowski, who won the stage, while Carapaz took the lead in the mountains classification from Tadej Pogačar.[26] However, two days later, Pogačar retook the lead, and also won the stage and moved into the overall race lead; Carapaz ultimately finished second in the mountains classification.[27]

In the Vuelta a España, Carapaz was once again a challenger for overall victory and traded places with defending champion Primož Roglič several times for the race lead. He first took the red jersey of the race leader on stage 6 from Roglič.[28] On stage 10, Carapaz relinquished it back to Roglič, who won the day's stage, though the two were tied on time and had to be differentiated by tiebreakers.[29] Carapaz regained the race lead briefly after stage 12,[30] but lost it for good to Roglič after the thirteenth stage.[31] On the mountainous penultimate stage, with Roglič, Carapaz, and Hugh Carthy locked in a three-way battle for the overall victory, Carapaz attacked but only managed to take 15 seconds on Carthy and 21 seconds on Roglič. In doing so, he secured a second place overall finish.[32]


Carapaz took his first victory of the 2021 season on 10 June, winning the mountainous fifth stage of the Tour de Suisse.[33] In so doing, he took the general classification lead, which he defended over the remaining five stages to take the overall win by 17 seconds ahead of Rigoberto Urán.[34]

Carapaz was named to the Ineos Grenadiers's Tour de France squad as one of four possible contenders for the general classification alongside Tao Geoghegan Hart, Richie Porte, and Tour winner Geraint Thomas.[35][36] After the other three riders were involved in crashes and lost time in the first week, Carapaz emerged as the sole leader.[37] He would eventually finish third overall.[38]

Carapaz won the Olympic road race, finishing over a minute clear of the rest of the field. He initially followed an attack by Brandon McNulty with 25 kilometres (16 mi) to go, but with 5.8 kilometres (3.6 mi) left, he pulled away from McNulty and rode across the finish line solo.[39][40][41]


Carapaz began the 2022 season at the Étoile de Bessèges in early February, in which he crashed during stage 3 and abandoned prior to the last stage, having already lost over nine minutes to eventual winner Benjamin Thomas.[42] His bad luck continued at the Tour de la Provence about a week later, from which he was forced to withdraw after testing positive for COVID-19 despite showing no symptoms.[43] However, Carapaz took his first win of the season later that month at the Ecuadorian National Time Trial Championships, which was also his first national title at the elite level.[44] His next important success came during stage 6 of the 2022 Volta a Catalunya when he went on a long distance attack with Sergio Higuita. The pair stayed away for over 100 kilometers and raced all the way to the line with Carapaz taking the stage win and moving into 2nd on GC.[45]

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 de la Juventud de Colombia
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
2nd Overall Vuelta a España
Held Jersey red.svg after Stages 6–9 & 12
Held Jersey blue polkadot.svg after Stages 2–4
6th Overall Vuelta a Burgos
Tour de France
Held Jersey polkadot.svg after Stages 18–19
Jersey red number.svg Combativity award Stage 16
1st Gold medal olympic.svg Road race, Olympic Games
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour de Suisse
1st Stage 5
3rd Overall Tour de France
9th La Flèche Wallonne
National Road Championships
1st Ecuador NC.png Time trial
2nd Road race
2nd Overall Giro d'Italia
Held Jersey pink.svg after Stages 14–19
2nd Overall Volta a Catalunya
1st Stage 6

General classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour general classification results
Grand Tour 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
A pink jersey Giro d'Italia 4 1 2
A yellow jersey Tour de France 13 3
A red jersey Vuelta a España 36 18 2 DNF
Major stage race general classification results
Race 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Jersey yellow.svg Paris–Nice 11
Jersey blue.svg Tirreno–Adriatico 20 DNF
MaillotVolta.png Volta a Catalunya 26 NH 21 2
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 1

Major championships timeline[edit]

Event 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Olympic Games Road race Not held 1 NH
Time trial
World Championships Road race 71 DNF 22
Time trial
National Championships Road race 2
Time trial 1
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish
IP In progress
NH Not held


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