Does Richard Carapaz’s Rapha Olympic champion's jersey break UCI rules?

The Ecuadorian's special EF Education-EasyPost kit might not be gold enough for the UCI

Richard Carapaz
(Image credit: Chris Milliman)

When EF Education-EasyPost released their 2023 kit, the American team shared a separate statement regarding Richard Carapaz’s design. “A kit fit for the Olympic champ,” the team wrote. “The gold accents on his jersey and shorts are subtle.”

The design, produced by cycling brand Rapha, will see Olympic road champion Carapaz wear an almost identical kit to the rest of the squad. The only difference is that the text on the Ecuadorian’s bib shorts is gold, rather than white, as is the Rapha logo on his armband. 

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Tom Davidson
Senior News Writer

Tom joined Cycling Weekly as a news and features writer in the summer of 2022, having previously contributed as a freelancer. He is the host of The TT Podcast, which covers both the men's and women's pelotons and has featured a number of prominent British riders. 

An enthusiastic cyclist himself, Tom likes it most when the road goes uphill and actively seeks out double-figure gradients on his rides. 

He's also fluent in French and Spanish and holds a master's degree in International Journalism.