33 seconds separated Ecuadorian Richard Carapaz from getting his first gold in the Pan American Games. The Carchense started with “red wood” and was the leader after crossing the first benchmark, above Walter Vargas.
However, in the final stretch the Colombian had greater expertise and was able to beat the native of Carmel in time. Carapazdespite not being a time trialist and competing for the first time in this type of tournament, won a silver medal.
In 43 kilometers, the tricolor achieved a time of 47 minutes and 36 seconds. In addition, he had a lead of 1 minute and 11 seconds over Conor White, who placed third.
The milestone represents a historic event in national sport, Richie becomes the first male cyclist to win a silver medal in this discipline. With this, he demonstrates once again that he is at the top of this sport at the national level.
A week later, Rocky Carapaz will participate in the road test. The start and finish will be at the Plaza de la Aviación, in Providencia, with climbs in the Metropolitan Park of Santiago. Riders will do nine laps of a circuit, for a total of 157.5 kilometers.
Ecuador will participate in the Pan American Games in Santiago de Chile 2023 with the purpose of breaking the record of 32 medals achieved in the Toronto 2015 event, in which it participated with 167 athletes, nine less than those it will take to the Chilean capital on this occasion. (176).
With what Richie achieved, Ecuador adds its second medal: a bronze (climbing) and avocado (cycling).