Carapaz still smiling despite Giro d’Italia defeat in Verona

VERONA ITALY MAY 29 Richard Carapaz of Ecuador and Team INEOS Grenadiers celebrates at podium with the Ecuador flag as second overall place during the 105th Giro dItalia 2022 Stage 21 a 174km individual time trial stage from Verona to Verona ITT Giro WorldTour on May 29 2022 in Verona Italy Photo by Michael SteeleGetty Images
Richard Carapaz finished second overall at the 2022 Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Richard Carapaz turned 29 on the day of the final stage of the 2022 Giro d’Italia around Verona. His celebrations may have been bittersweet after victory escaped him and Jai Hindley (Bora-Hansgrohe) pulled on the maglia rosa, but he was still smiling after the final podium ceremony, with few regrets about his race.

Three years ago Carapaz was the first Ecuadorian rider to win the Giro d’Italia, now Hindley is the first Australian to pull on the winner’s final maglia rosa and lift the Trofeo Infinito.

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Stephen Farrand
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Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.