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03 Apr 2016 11:29

I believe he just came second in Memorial Valenciaga. Waiting for confirmation.
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03 Apr 2016 11:34

From the info that I got he came solo over the last climb, but got caught in the end (dont know by how many guys). But I am not sure if my info is 100% correct
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03 Apr 2016 11:37

2nd place it is. Díaz Gallego won.
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03 Apr 2016 11:59

Bit strange though, he was leading solo with 4K to go I read from several people on twitter and he finisehd 17s down (while there were no obstacles in the end)

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08 Apr 2016 17:04

I Memorial Xavi Tondo: Richard Carapaz, Héctor Carretero, Marcos Jurado, Martí Márquez, Óscar Rodríguez, Marcos Rojo, Sergio Samitier.

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Re: Richard Carapaz discussion thread

08 Apr 2016 19:04

Not to derail this thread but I notice the first post mentions Katusha's Restrepo. What's he like? Don't know much about him or his results at all..
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Re: Richard Carapaz discussion thread

08 Apr 2016 20:26

luckyboy wrote:Not to derail this thread but I notice the first post mentions Katusha's Restrepo. What's he like? Don't know much about him or his results at all..

Jhonatan Restrepo is pretty complete rider, who prefers things to go uphill rather than things to be flat. He's not as talented as other Colombian climbers, like Superman for instance, but he'll be great in one-week races and classics. In fact, he prefers the ardennes over the Tour and Vuelta, and just like Gaviria, and many other Colombians, he has a history with the track, pursuit mostly.
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09 Apr 2016 03:40

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luckyboy wrote:Not to derail this thread but I notice the first post mentions Katusha's Restrepo. What's he like? Don't know much about him or his results at all..

Jhonatan Restrepo is pretty complete rider, who prefers things to go uphill rather than things to be flat. He's not as talented as other Colombian climbers, like Superman for instance, but he'll be great in one-week races and classics. In fact, he prefers the ardennes over the Tour and Vuelta, and just like Gaviria, and many other Colombians, he has a history with the track, pursuit mostly.


Do you really believ he will be great? I think he is not talented enough to make a real impact in the big races. He has big ambitions though in an interview before the start of the year he said something like this year was about learning and working for the team but in the future he want to win grand tours, but I highly doubt he ever top 20s a grand tour or top 10s a WT event.
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09 Apr 2016 06:10

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luckyboy wrote:Not to derail this thread but I notice the first post mentions Katusha's Restrepo. What's he like? Don't know much about him or his results at all..

Jhonatan Restrepo is pretty complete rider, who prefers things to go uphill rather than things to be flat. He's not as talented as other Colombian climbers, like Superman for instance, but he'll be great in one-week races and classics. In fact, he prefers the ardennes over the Tour and Vuelta, and just like Gaviria, and many other Colombians, he has a history with the track, pursuit mostly.


Do you really believ he will be great? I think he is not talented enough to make a real impact in the big races. He has big ambitions though in an interview before the start of the year he said something like this year was about learning and working for the team but in the future he want to win grand tours, but I highly doubt he ever top 20s a grand tour or top 10s a WT event.
Depends how you view ''great''. I agree with you that he is no way near talented enough to ever be elite, and considered the top favorite in Liege or Lombardia (just to name a few). But I do think that, at the peak of his career, he could be a very dangerous outsider for those kind of races. If he really wants to develop into a GC-rider, I'd consider that to be stupid. He'd need a hell lot of luck to ever finish top 5.

I think Amador is a pretty accurate comparison for Restrepo.
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17 Apr 2016 11:36

Another 2nd place, once again behind one of his teammates, this time in Clasica Torredon.
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30 Apr 2016 11:17

He just won in Lazkao with a solo of 25k.
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30 Apr 2016 17:14

He has quickly adapted to the (difficult) Spanish amateur races, impressive
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30 Apr 2016 21:29

http://biciciclismo.com/es/carapaz-consigue-una-victoria-por-ecuador-30-04-2016?loc=on

He says he just wanted to test his legs and check out how well his rivals were doing on 300m off the top of Lazkaomendi, he looks behind him and there's no one left. :o Really excited for him, he's showing he belongs.
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06 May 2016 22:31

Nice article. Hopes to be in the WT in 2017.

Maybe a trainee somewhere in the end of the year?

http://www.ciclismointernacional.com/richard-carapaz-la-joya-que-pule-lizarte-espero-estar-en-el-world-tour-en-2017/
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08 May 2016 10:44

Another victory!
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08 May 2016 11:11

If he goes WT, it will almost certainly be with Movistar. After all, Lizarte is their feeder team and has been for years.

His victory today was in the Subida a Urraki, a mountainous Basque race which finishes on this:

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And has two ascents of this:

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Last year's winner was Antonio Pedrero who also won riding for Lizarte and who's now a neopro at Movistar. Previous winners include Dani Díaz, Arkaitz Durán, Mikel Bizkarra, Rubén Pérez, Jesús Hernández and some guy called Joaquím Rodríguez back in 2000.
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28 May 2016 16:05

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28 May 2016 16:20

Mirador de Muskilda climb - last kilometre at nearly 10%, nice marker to put down.
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29 May 2016 12:00

Equipo Lizarte @EquipoLizarte
VICTORIA para @RichardCarapazM en la #VueltaNavarra!!! También ganamos por equipos!


Man, he is killing the Spanish amateur circuit!
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