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Ecuador’s Carapaz wins gold in Olympics men’s road race

, / 04:40 PM July 24, 2021
Olympics - Cycling - Road - Men's Road Race - Final - Tokyo to Fuji International Speedway, Japan - July 24, 2021. Richard Carapaz of Ecuador celebrates winning gold.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Cycling – Road – Men’s Road Race – Final – Tokyo to Fuji International Speedway, Japan – July 24, 2021. Richard Carapaz of Ecuador celebrates winning gold. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

TOKYO-–Ecuador’s Richard Carapaz produced an incredible late burst to win the gold medal in a thrilling Olympic men’s road race on Saturday as favorite Tadej Pogacar was beaten into third place at the Fuji International Speedway.

Carapaz was joined on a late attack by American Brandon McNulty but with the chasing pack reeling them in he went alone on the racing circuit finish and soloed to victory.

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Belgium’s Wout Van Aert took the silver medal as he beat Slovenia’s Tour de France champion Pogacar by the width of a wheel rim.

Carapaz is only the second Ecuadorean to win an Olympic gold after Jefferson Perez in the 20-km walk at Atlanta 1996.

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