Playa Alta, Ecuador
29 May 1993
Richard Carapaz races with grit and without fear. The Olympic champion and Giro d’Italia winner hails from the high mountains of Ecuador, where he started racing as a 16-year-old kid for his local club. He returns there each winter to help the next generation of children from his hometown of Playa Alta get started in the sport they dream of conquering like him.
Richard has stood on the podium of all three grand tours and won 17 professional races. Last season, he won three stages of the Vuelta, as well as a stage of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya and his country’s national time trial title.
The way that Richie wins is inspiring. He is never afraid to attack and can sense exactly the right moment to go. When he goes—on Richie's day, the best riders in the world can’t hold his wheel.
That is how he won his Olympic gold medal and his Giro d’Italia. That is how he wants to race for us.
Richard Carapaz has his sights set for 2023. Quiet, determined, he is more motivated than ever.
We can’t wait to watch him race in pink.
Question & answer
What do you love most about cycling?
I really like competition and everything that I can do on my bike.
What is the best advice that anyone has ever given you?
Never let them stop you from flying away. The freedom of dreams is endless.
What is your favorite place to ride a bike?
I really love Ecuador.
If you weren't a cyclist, what would you be?
I think it would be something like a paramedic or a doctor.