Giro d'Italia - Richard Carapaz: Living this moment makes it all worth it
Jun 03 2019 02:22 am CET

Giro d'Italia - Richard Carapaz: Living this moment makes it all worth it
Giro d'Italia - Richard Carapaz: Living this moment makes it all worth it
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Movistar's Richard Carapaz confirmed his overall victory in the Giro d'Italia at the last stage of the race. The Ecuadorian was one minute and 12 seconds slower than the day's winner and that was enough to maintain the GC lead.

Carapaz became the first Ecuadorian to win a grand tour and he celebrated in Verona with his family, teammates and fellow countrymen after finishing the closing time trial of the race. The rider shared the final podium with Vincenzo Nibali and Primoz Roglic.

"I don’t know what to say – this is a unique feeling," said the rider after the finish line. "For me, this is the biggest triumph I could have achieved. These are episodes you can’t imagine will come for you in life. The same way I dreamt about it, I got it.

"Now I believe everything is possible. A whole life comes through your mind in such moments: all the hard work you’ve done, all the sacrifices you endured to achieve your dream. Living this moment makes it all worth it."

The rider crossed the finish line in the Arena of Verona one minute and 12 seconds behind the winner of the stage, Chad Haga. "To be honest, I didn’t think the time trial would go that way, but I really struggled like never before in a TT," Carapaz explained. "From the start, and up until the final cobblestone on the straight next to the Arena of Verona, it’s been pure suffering.

"This is a victory I’ve achieved thanks to my team, which supported me all the way to notching up this huge Giro d’Italia. It goes for them, to everyone who supports me, and for Ecuador, Latin America and everyone around the whole who is happy about this success. Being able to live this moment with my parents, my wife and kids, is even more special, a unique moment I also owe them so much to them for."



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