Tokyo 2020 - Richard Carapaz: Even when I crossed the line I couldn’t believe it
Jul 25 2021 03:01 am CET

Tokyo 2020 - Richard Carapaz: Even when I crossed the line I couldn’t believe it
Tokyo 2020 - Richard Carapaz: Even when I crossed the line I couldn’t believe it
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Ecuador's Richard Carapaz (Ineos-Grenadiers) has taken the Golden medal at the road race of the Olympic Games of Tokyo 2020.

The Ecuadorian -who finished in the podium of the Tour de France less than a week ago- was part of a group of strong riders that was in front during the last stretch of the race. With 24 kilometres to go, he followed a move of Brandon McNulty, but with five, he went solo, claiming like this olympic Gold in Tokyo. He was joined on the final podium by Wout van Aert and Tadej Pogacar.

"I went to the Tour with the podium on my mind," said Carapaz. "I made it, and I came here with the feeling that I could achieve something special. I won a gold medal and even when I crossed the line I couldn’t believe it. I think it’s the happiest moment of my life.

"I think McNulty was a great companion in the breakaway, because he’s very, very good on even terrain. We were able to maintain that advantage that we had, 20 or 30 seconds that separated us from the rest. And then of course, coming here down to the circuit, I simply continued on that level and that’s how I won. To my country, the truth is you have to believe, no? I have worked so hard to get here. I’m here, I’m enjoying — it’s something so big for me. And simply 'thank you' for the support which truthfully really helped me get here."

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