Richard Carapaz Photo
Place: El Carmelo, Carchi
Birth: 29/05/1993
Country: ECU
Height: 170 Cm
Weight: 62 Kg
Pro debut: 2016
Years in team: 3
Career path:

2016-2018: Movistar Team

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Richard Carapaz

A SUCCESSFUL TEST. Winner of the Pamamerican Games’ road race in 2013 and Colombia’s Vuelta de la Juventud in 2015, Carapaz’s climbing strength brought him to the attention of Eusebio Unzué, who decided to offer him a place as a trainee with the Movistar Team in the late part of 2016 following an impressive four months with development team Lizarte. His consistent performances in the Italian autumn –Toscana, Emilia, Tre Valli Varesine, Piemonte–, showing huge courage to battle against some of the best names in the sport, was more than enough for a WorldTour contract.

A STAR WAS BORN. He came close to his first pro victory twice in his first full year in Blue, second at the GP Larciano (narrowly beaten by Adam Yates; ahead of Rigoberto Urán) and the Route du Sud GC, only 1″ behind Stefan Dillier. But 2018 was his real confirmation as a world-class rider. Carapaz -“with big admiration, but with no surprise”, as explained by GM Eusebio Unzué- conquered his first Grand Tour stage atop Montervergine, end of day eight in the Giro d’Italia. Under the deluge, with a brutal acceleration inside the final 1.5 kilometers, reaching down a long-fought early breakaway, Richard claimed his first success in the ‘Corsa Rosa’. A year later, the victory which took him to the Olympus of cycling: his first Grand Tour, also a Giro, winning two stages and a solid, seven-stage defense of his coveted pink jersey en route to Verona.

INFALLIBLE ALSO IN THE VUELTA. The icing to a brilliant 2017 season came at the Vuelta a España, in a first-ever appearance for an Ecuadorian competitor. In 2018, he become a crucial man for the team at the moutnain stages: his work at the toughest climbs allowed Alejandro Valverde contesting overall victory until the very end of the race. La Covatilla, Les Praeres and Lagos de Covadonga have all witnessed the talent, courage and suffering of this young Ecuadorian. Those who work with him talk about his extreme recovery abilities, a skill required to be with the best.

 Despite his youth (he’s just 26), he has already built a beautiful family with his wife, Tania. He’s got two kids: Richard Santiago (5) and Aimy Sofía (2).

 He’s been the only non-Colombian winner in the 50-year history of the Vuelta de la Juventud, the most important race in the country for under-23 riders. Its palmarès is a ‘who’s who’ of cycling in such a historic nation, including the names of Fabio Parra, Álvaro Mejía, Oliverio Rincón, Mauricio Soler, Sergio Henao or Carlos Betancur.

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Palmares

8 Victories as professional

1st Giro d'Italia 2019
1st (14th stage) Giro d'Italia 2019
1st (4th stage) Giro d'Italia 2019
1st Vuelta a Asturias 2019
1st (2nd stage) Vuelta a Asturias 2019
1st (8th stage) Giro d'Italia 2018
1st Vuelta a Asturias 2018
1st (2nd stage) Vuelta a Asturias 2018

Other results

1st PAN AMERICAN RR CHAMP. U23 2013
2nd GP INDUSTRIA & ARTIGIANATO 2017
2nd ROUTE DU SUD 2017
4th VUELTA A CASTILLA Y LEÓN 2017
4th VUELTA A MADRID 2017
12th CIRCUITO DE GETXO 2017
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Results
2019

53 Days of Racing
8387.1 Km covered

1st Vuelta a Asturias
1st (4th stage) Giro d'Italia
1st (2nd stage) Vuelta a Asturias
1st Giro d'Italia
1st (14th stage) Giro d'Italia
3rd (5th stage) Tour Colombia
3rd (1st stage) Vuelta a Asturias
4th (5th stage) Vuelta a San Juan
4th (20th stage) Giro d'Italia
4th (13th stage) Giro d'Italia
5th (15th stage) Giro d'Italia
6th Vuelta a San Juan
6th (16th stage) Giro d'Italia
7th (2nd stage) Vuelta a San Juan
8th (3rd stage) Volta a Catalunya
9th Tour Colombia
9th (3rd stage) Tour Colombia
11th (9th stage) Giro d'Italia
12th (4th stage) Tirreno-Adriatico
12th (3rd stage) Vuelta a Asturias
13th (6th stage) Volta a Catalunya
14th (4th stage) Tour Colombia
14th (1st stage) Giro d'Italia
15th (19th stage) Giro d'Italia
17th GP Larciano
19th (3rd stage) Vuelta a San Juan
20th (8th stage) Giro d'Italia
20th (17th stage) Giro d'Italia
20th (6th stage) Tour Colombia
20th Tirreno-Adriatico
20th (5th stage) Volta a Catalunya
20th (4th stage) Volta a Catalunya
21th (12th stage) Giro d'Italia
22th (5th stage) Tirreno-Adriatico
25th (10th stage) Giro d'Italia
26th Volta a Catalunya
26th (2nd stage) Tirreno-Adriatico
27th (7th stage) Giro d'Italia
29th (2nd stage) Tour Colombia
30th (6th stage) Vuelta a San Juan
34th (6th stage) Tirreno-Adriatico
35th (4th stage) Vuelta a San Juan
35th (1st stage) Vuelta a San Juan
36th (21th stage) Giro d'Italia
39th (2nd stage) Volta a Catalunya
40th (7th stage) Vuelta a San Juan
42th (18th stage) Giro d'Italia
44th (6th stage) Giro d'Italia
46th (2nd stage) Giro d'Italia
52th (11th stage) Giro d'Italia
60th (3rd stage) Tirreno-Adriatico
61th (1st stage) Volta a Catalunya
62th Strade Bianche
68th (5th stage) Giro d'Italia
78th (3rd stage) Giro d'Italia
99th (7th stage) Volta a Catalunya
99th (7th stage) Tirreno-Adriatico
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Vuelta a España

The biggest revelation of the 2018 Giro d’Italia heads towards the Vuelta start in Málaga with a well to continue showing his character and fighting spirit. Already a part of the young roster which represented the Movistar Team in the 2017 Vuelta, ‘Richie’ will certainly be a factor to take into serious account at the big mountains and the overall outcome of an event which will mark only his third Grand Tour appearance.

Following his fourth-place finish in the ‘Corsa Rosa’ -combined with a landmark success for Ecuador atop Montevergine, the third win in a 2018 season which also includes sucess at the Queen stage and the GC of the Vuelta a Asturias-, Carapaz returned to his homeland Carchi, a natural altitude training site where he’s prepared for the Vuelta before returning to racing with good results in Getxo -5th, final Barbero leadout- and Poland -12th overall, strong contender in the mountains-.

2018 schedule (58 racing days) > Vuelta a San Juan (73rd); Colombia Oro y Paz (23rd); Paris-Nice (11th); Settimana Coppi e Bartali (3rd); Vuelta a Asturias (1st + 1 stage win); Giro d’Italia (4th + 1 stage win); Circuito de Getxo (5th); Tour de Pologne (12th).

Previous Vuelta appearances > 2017: 36th.