Five things you need to know about Giro d’Italia leader Richard Carapaz

The Ecuadorian history-maker said in 2016 he dreams of winning the Giro

Richard Carapaz in the pink jersey after stage 14 of the Giro d'Italia 2019 (Yuzuru Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Race leader Richard Carapaz has been the revelation of the 2019 Giro d’Italia, as he has sailed to two stage wins and become the worthy holder of the maglia rosa.

The Ecuadorian Movistar rider has become the rider to watch as he usurped pre-race favourite Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) and became the most dangerous rider in the race.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.