Richard Carapaz took Tour confidence to achieve 'something special' as he makes Ecuadorian Olympic history in Tokyo

'To my country, the truth is you have to believe, no?'

Richard Carapaz
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Richard Carapaz says he knew he could do "something special" at the Tokyo Olympics after his podium finish at the recent Tour de France.

The Ecuadorian used his usual cunning and attacking style to escape away up the final climb of the day alongside USA's Brandon McNulty, building a reasonable gap before Wout van Aert and the chasers began to close in.

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