'No one believed I could do it': Richard Carapaz makes history with Giro d'Italia 2019 victory

'I'm full of happiness that all the Ecuadorians have come out, to applaud, to cheer me, to congratulate me'

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Richard Carapaz made history to become the first Ecuadorian to win a Grand Tour in the 2019 Giro d'Italia in Verona.

The 26-year-old Movistar rider, born at 2900 meters above sea level in the country's north, defended his pink jersey lead over the final time trial in Verona, cheered in the famous arena by hundreds of Ecuadorians who witnessed history.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.