Richard Carapaz Withdraws from Paris Olympics: Jhonatan Narváez to Represent Ecuador

Richard Carapaz will not defend his road cycling title at the Paris Olympics. Ecuador will be represented by Jhonatan Narváez instead. Carapaz, a former Giro d'Italia winner, claimed the selection process favored Narváez. He urged the sports ministry to intervene, but no action has been taken so far.

PTI | Quito | Updated: 28-05-2024 09:35 IST | Created: 28-05-2024 09:35 IST
Richard Carapaz Withdraws from Paris Olympics: Jhonatan Narváez to Represent Ecuador
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Richard Carapaz will not be at the Paris Olympics to defend his road cycling title.

Ecuador's only representative at the Olympics in the road cycling race and individual time trial will be Jhonatan Narváez, the national cycling federation said in a statement on Monday.

Carapaz said on his social media he wished "the best of luck to Jhonatan," and added he will keep reaching for new goals. The two cyclists had a tough battle for Ecuador's spot in Paris.

Carapaz was the first Ecuadorian to win a grand tour, the 2019 Giro d'Italia. He also made the podium at the Tour de France and Spanish Vuelta, but hasn't finished any grand tour since 2022.

This year, he won a stage and finished seventh in the Tour de Romandie in Switzerland in April.

The Olympic champion claimed in various interviews that the process to earn Ecuador's only road cycling spot in Paris favored Narváez. The federation rejected the accusation.

Carapaz urged the country's sports ministry to intervene in the decision but that hasn't happened so far.

Narváez, winner of the road cycling race in the Pan American Games in Santiago last year, has yet to comment on the decision.

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