The Giro d’Italia winner and Olympic Games gold medallist started out on the World Tour with Movistar as a trainee during the 2016 season and then the rider turned professional in 2017, remaining with the Spanish squad for another three seasons. During that time the rider from Ecuador, who was born May 29, 1993 in El Carmelo, quickly built. He took his first professional victories in 2018, including a stage at the Giro d’Italia and he also claimed fourth at his debut in the Italian Grand Tour.
It was just the next year, in 2019, that Richard Carapaz leapt up to the very top step of the podium in Italy. In a commanding performance that included two stage victories he pulled on the maglia rosa on stage 14 and held it right through the final time trial in Verona. There he claimed overall victory ahead of Vincenzo Nibali and Primož Roglič, who later that year went on to claim his first of three La Vuelta a España titles.
2020 brought a shift to Ineos for three seasons, and with the British team Carapaz made it onto the GC podium steps of all three Grand Tours, coming second in the Vuelta in 2020 behind Roglič, third in the 2021 edition of the Tour de France – with Tadej Pogačar and Jonas Vingegaard on the steps above – and then second at the Giro d’Italia in 2022 behind Jai Hindley. During that stretch of three seasons he also claimed three La Vuelta stages, the Tour de Suisse overall and the biggest one-day win of his career, gold in the 2021 Olympic Games road race where he dropped his main rivals on the last two climbs.
In 2023 Carapaz made the shift to EF Education-EasyPost where, after starting the year with victory at the national championships, he raced the season wearing the distinctive yellow, blue and red kit of the Ecuadorian champion.
Tokyo Olympics road race Gold medal (2021)
Giro d'Italia overall winner (2019) and 2nd (2022), three stage wins (2018, 2019)
Vuelta a España 2nd overall (2020), three stage wins (2022), KOM title (2022)
Tour de France 3rd overall (2021)
Tour de Suisse (2021)
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