Offbeat OJ: Gold Carapaz, a royal cycling podium in Tokyo

13:40  24 july  2021
13:40  24 july  2021 Source:   lefigaro.fr

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Richard Carapaz, Wout van Aert et Tadej Pogacar. © Matthew Childs / Reuters Richard Carapaz, Wout van Aert and Tadej Pogacar.

Ecuadoric Richard Carapaz has dropped Saturday the gold cycling of the Tokyo Olympics by ahead of the Belgian Wout Van Aert and Slovenian Tadej Pogacar at the end of a 234 km mountain race. The former winner of the Giro, third of the Tour de France less than a week ago, crossed the finish line after having detached in the final of a group of 12 riders. Van Aert took the silver medal by accurately ahead of the Sprint Pogacar in the group of prosecutors.

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This royal podium, with three of the best riders of the world, crowns a race of strong men who looked a lot like a mountain stage of the Tour de France. Private opening ceremonies and events in Tokyo, the Japanese public, authorized to come under certain conditions in this region of Japan, had an appointment on the edge of the road on Saturday. Thousands of people encouraged runners on the 234 km between Saitama (northeastern Tokyo) and the arrival on the Mount Fuji car circuit, whose forums were almost full.

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The race decanted as expected in the terrible Mikuni collar: 10 km to 10.6% average with 20% passages. From the first forts percentages, Pogacar, 22, has placed an attack, definitively explode the pack. He first detached, accompanied by the 23-year-old American Hope Brandon McNulty, and Canadian Michael Woods.

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but the trio was then taken up by a group of seven men, which have taken the summit together. In the rugged end, which led to the Mount Fuji car circuit (formerly used by the F1), Carapaz was from the small platoon with McNulty.

Then he placed a decisive attack that left the American on the spot. Behind, his pursuers have procrastinated, leaving Wout van Aert lead the lawsuit alone. He crossed the line with more than a minute in advance. Farmer son of the Andean Highlands, Carapaz had offered in 2019 the first very large international victory in his country, Ecuador, winning the Giro of Italy.

Cycling "is a sport that hardly exists in my country," said this light template (1.70 m, 62 kg), that its physique and climber qualities logically placed among the favorites of games .

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