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Richard Carapaz discussion thread

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I wonder what EF did to persuade Carapaz to come.
 
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However EF do have some good riders. If they put everything in the Tour basket they can field a very decent support team.

I don't think he can win against the new superstars, but that's on him - I really like him, but he's not the very best of the best, so it's always going to be hard for him. Personally, I do like the move and am interested to see how it plays out.
With EF's current team, he can podium any GT, maybe not win the Tour, but he's also the Olympics champ and might have some one day race upside, too.

Is Uran staying? He could be a great mountain domestique for Carapaz.
 
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With EF's current team, he can podium any GT, maybe not win the Tour, but he's also the Olympics champ and might have some one day race upside, too.

Is Uran staying? He could be a great mountain domestique for Carapaz.
There's very little chance Carapaz' results are gonna improve at EF compared to Ineos.

I think this is about sole Tour leadership mainly.
 
Great finish to the Vuelta for Carapaz coming into the race in lesser shape. 3 stage wins, KoM, 14th in GC, and did all he could to help Rodriquez. I don’t think many had him finishing second highest of the Ineos riders. Hopefully he doesn’t regress at EF.

Great race by Billy. I'm not so sure that finishing 2nd without a stage win (Mas) is better than 3 mountains stages + KoM by Carapaz.
 
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Great finish to the Vuelta for Carapaz coming into the race in lesser shape. 3 stage wins, KoM, 14th in GC, and did all he could to help Rodriquez. I don’t think many had him finishing second highest of the Ineos riders. Hopefully he doesn’t regress at EF.


Where to get KOM jerseys with Señor Richard Antonio Carapaz Montenegro? Don't worry for the man, he's like a fox in the chicken coop for the current peloton
 
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Got 300 euro from my corrupted government. Still waiting for a link to purchase a KOM Vuelta jersey with Señor Richard Antonio Carapaz Montenegro...
They don't have it with Richard included
 
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What is he up to these days? Just saw him removed from Trofeo Laigueglia startlist. I think he had some health issues during the winter but already won the NCs in mid February so should have been good to race by now?

Milano-Torino
Catalunya
Itzulia
Amstel
Liége
Dauphiné
Tour de France

 
It hurt me inside a little today listening to geriant Thomas podcast.
He said basically carapaz lost the giro last year with a “stupid” attack in the Lombardía stage.

I don’t know what to expect from carapaz. I love his style and I will at least get some excitement.
Not sure about results.

Hope he improves and has a decent Tdf but I fear a decent tdf means no stage wins and boring riding
 
It hurt me inside a little today listening to geriant Thomas podcast.
He said basically carapaz lost the giro last year with a “stupid” attack in the Lombardía stage.

I don’t know what to expect from carapaz. I love his style and I will at least get some excitement.
Not sure about results.

Hope he improves and has a decent Tdf but I fear a decent tdf means no stage wins and boring riding
Just when I started to like Geraint Thomas… How many more calories did he burn with that attack, 200, 300? How is that gonna cost him so much on Stage 20? How did the marginal gains stuff work for Geraint this year? Carapaz is what cycling needs: a guy who doesn‘t care much about what defensive tactics weird sports scientists dictate.
 
Yes, one often sees praise for riders who take 'risks' with ambitious attacks, but for me Carapaz is someone who really does take risks as he doesn't have Pogacar/Remco legs. So sometimes the attacks fizzle out, sometimes there's criticism or mockery when it's not ideally timed or simply too ambitious for his form, but he generally livens up the races he's in and is a good enough rider to be a real danger if he pulls something off. Glad he's in the peloton.
 
I was so excited when EF signed him. I thought him serious podium threat at any stage race. But this year has been ....meh. Is he sandbagging and will surprise us at Le Tour?
You have to give him the benefit of the doubt because he usually does this where he is not in good form a month away from his main objective and then he pulls off a good performance.