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Ecuador has only previously won 1 Olympic Gold Medal in ANY sport (I believe walking was the first).
He is most definitely a RACER. He isn't afraid to be aggressive and take risks even though he may not feel the best. He has a confidence in his race moves that earn him the gaps and the discipline to maximize that effort. Enjoy watching him although I haven't seen much of the race broadcast.Tactical perfection. and a great ride to boot.
You're so right on this attributes to current day.Carapaz will end up with a better career than Quintana and he's much better tactically.
Stop hating on Carapaz! FFS lol
Carapaz won his only GT at Movistar.Stop hating on Carapaz! FFS lol
BTW not a question of bad luck if A) you're racing for Movistar and B) your strongest teammate by far is predictably racing for 3rd place.
Signing for Movistar and having to deal with the consequences is not bad luck, but bad decision making.
But yes, Quintana "should have" won that year. Don't think it would have been close if Froome didn't have Sky to back him up.
If you only look at the stage results and tactics, yeah, luck played a big role. In reality, though, Roglic and, to a lesser extent, Nibali, were toast. Carapaz just didn't need to attack anymore after that, but was breathing through the nose basically. No one but Carapaz could have won that GT, IMO.
You don't have to be an ultimate racer to get better results than Quintana, his last podium was in 2017 at the age of 27. Whatever talents he showed in the early days as a super climber haven't turned into the once predicted victories in grand tours. He's only 31 now. Froome, Nibali, Contador even Valverde were all doing much better than Quintana at the same age. A multiple grand tour winner who can't even win the KOM in a grand tour now let alone make the top 10 or win a stage. I can't think of another grand tour winner in recent times with that much talent that has dropped off so much so quickly at such an early age. Aru and Dumoulin I guess are part of a larger group of grand tour riders at the crossroads of their careers.
He lost 2'04'' to Nibali in the three ITTs (and not counting bonus seconds, his net loss from crashes on stage 3 and 4 was 28''), so without the hesitation of Nibali in the penultimate weekend, the onus would have been on Carapaz to drop Nibali and take substantial time on him, not the other way around. I think that would only have been possible on stage 20, and I doubt he could have taken a minute on Nibali there if he needed to.Carapaz was never dropped in that Giro, the only times he did not finish in the front group was when Landa was up the road so he did not go all out.
I don't argue he's not a world class rider. But I also don't think you can ignore the context and the elements of randomness that influence results for riders.Mind you, I am not saying that luck never is part of the outcome (it can even play a heavy role) but you need to try a bit harder if you want to have an honest and level debate.