He's competing in the modern triathlon later too
But it's so confused when people call him Richie, coz Richie (Porte) is never called Richard.I would hope that the British lads at Ineos would stop calling him "Billy", as he is now clearly the #1 Richie on the team.
I lived for some time in S-America as well. I met many great MTB riders who were technically and physically as fit as anyone. The possibilities to once shine in a big race in Europe are so much smaller though, than for any rider in Belgium, France, Italy,...As someone who has lived 2,5 years in South America I am very happy for Carapaz. People from Europe or America oftentimes don't appreciate how much harder it is for South Americans to reach the top in pretty much any sport. The structure just isn't there.
I would caution anybody to hold a grudge for the Ineos transfer. The welfare system in Ecuador isn't comparable and the children often times have to take care of their parents financially. Obviously he has to take the offer from Ineos in that situation.
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