The Ecuadorian climbs to the top of the world by winning the Giro d’Italia. He is the second Latino to achieve it.
For Richard Carapaz there was no better prize than the hug with his mother Ana. After so much fighting since his childhood, the cyclist carchense finally got what he once promised: winning the Giro d’Italia.
For that reason, after recovering a little breath on the platform armed in the Arena of Verona, where he was applauded by thousands of people and in front of the cameras that projected his image before millions, he went to the private area to embrace it. In those seconds that were fused, both cried as taking the quarrel for what had happened when the support was null and only a bicycle without rubber tires was used to break through.
Carapaz could not handle the feeling, she even asked for a little time to take off her competition helmet, dry her tears and hug her again to continue crying. Both, so far from their beloved Carchi and for the first time together in Europe, enjoying success.
And as a privileged witness of that moment, his father, Antonio, the other part of that trident who never gave up and who promoted who since yesterday became a legend of Ecuadorian sports.
The victory in the Giro, one of the three great laps of the world, is a blow that Carapaz hit on the table. The one he sought from the previous season, when he began to show everyone that he was a real threat. That blow that served to erase all the bad moments that he lived in the sport and even the problems he had for being a friend, when he claimed that they turned their backs on him.
And that’s why he wanted to celebrate it in intimacy. With yours. Not only with his parents, but also with his wife Tania and their children Sofia and Santiago.
With the children, he even went to the podium to receive all the trophies and sing the National Anthem, which resounded in the amphitheater, becoming one of the most emotional moments of the day. He dedicated the victory to the children. After all, they have paid the bill for their absence for training or testing abroad.
The joy of Carapaz, the one that she has difficulty demonstrating before the cameras, the one that neither her companions when lifting him in her arms and throwing him in the air as a congratulation, they were able to fully extract him; something that did achieve the pink corridor when he walked with the trophy in his hand.
Support for. Carapaz arrived at home. In the Arena Verona there were hundreds of Ecuadorians.
And it was raised to the sky as an offering to the tricolor fans, who endured yesterday the strong sun for five hours and who were stationed in the stands of the Arena of Verona with banners and wearing yellow.
At the beginning of the award Richie also had an Ecuadorian flag that was thrown from the seats, but it fell. Then he took it, put it on the floor and posed with it for the photographs that now travel the world.
Richard lived the happiest moment of his career and enjoyed it to the fullest. But there was also time to launch ‘darts’ as a wake-up call. “21 days ago they did not believe in me and now seeing a country turned towards me is something special. But this is something that sports gives you, that sometimes you are up and sometimes down. Just as I am now up and they cheer me up, I ask that when I am downstairs they can support me, “he said.
Carapaz today is in Olympus. He enjoys it and hopes to take advantage of it. To do this, he has made it his duty to remain at the top. And he will. He showed the world that he is made for big things. (I)