Carapaz wins men’s road race for Ecuador’s 1st cycling medal

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OYAMA, Japan (AP) — Richard Carapaz rode distant from the biggest names successful cycling to triumph the Olympic roadworthy contention Saturday, giving Ecuador its archetypal medal successful the athletics successful 1 of its marquee events connected the archetypal afloat time of the Tokyo Games.

Embracing his nickname of “The Locomotive,” Carapaz pulled distant from American breakaway buddy Brandon McNulty arsenic they approached the decorativeness astatine Fuji International Speedway. He slapped his handlebars successful solemnisation arsenic helium crossed the line, wherever Carapaz was greeted by 1 of the fewer crowds allowed astatine the Olympics amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The chasing radical rounded the country successful show of him astatine the decorativeness line, past played a crippled of cat-and-mouse for the different 2 medals. Belgian prima Wout van Aert coiled up edging Tour de France champion Tadej Pogacar of Slovenia successful a photograph finish.


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