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Reigning Olympic champion Carapaz not with Paris

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Richard Carapaz during the time trial in the Pan American Games in Chile last year. The reigning Olympic champion will not be seen in Paris until the summer. Photo: Eduardo Verdugo / AP / NTB

Of NTB | 28.05.2024 04:03:03

Sport: According to a message from Ecuador’s cycling federation on Monday, Jhonatan Narváez is the country’s participant in the road race and the time trial.

Carapaz writes in social media that he wishes Narváez the best of luck. The two have fought a fierce battle for Ecuador’s one place in the Paris Games.

In several interviews, the reigning Olympic champion has claimed that the selection process for the country’s only Olympic place in cycling has favored Narváez, which the cycling federation has denied.

Carapaz has even called on the Ministry of Sports in the country to intervene, but so far that has not happened.

With his victory in the Giro d’Italia in 2019, Carapaz became the first from Ecuador to win one of the three major European stage races – known as the grand tour. He also has podiums from the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España. This year he can point to a stage win and a seventh place overall in the Tour de Romandie in Switzerland.

Narváez, for his part, has victory in the road race in the Pan American Games last year. He has so far not commented on the decision.

(© NTB)

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