Richard Carapaz has returned to his homeland Ecuador after a great season with the Ineos Grenadiers. Carapaz is also satisfied with how the season went and he seems to be optimistic when it comes to the next season, but also the ones ahead of him.
There is a positive atmosphere in the team as well and Carapaz feels like he has been there for many years "For me, it has been a special year," said Carapaz, who joined Ineos from Movistar at the turn of the year, having won the Giro d'Italia in 2019."
- Karapaz said, as quoted by cyclingnews "It was a spectacular season, because I adapted rapidly. It feels like I've been in the team for five years. I don't know if it seems that way from the outside but I already feel like a veteran there."
"We've had a lot of success in such a short space of time, so imagine what we can achieve in three or five years. It's a long-term project, because we have the ability, the motivation, the dream, and the desire to do great things."
Vuelta: Second place
In the Vuelta, Roglic was the best and showed the world how good he is and how a great career awaits him. Carapaz tried to get to the first place but he is aware that the second place next to Roglic is a huge success for him and his team "It's a big achievement.
I was beaten by the best rider in the world, and for me it was confirmation that I can keep dreaming big, to keep daring, to keep rubbing shoulders with the best in the world," he said. Carapaz is convinced that he has a lot to show and that he will soon go for the title and that he will have many more titles.
"Now we know we're capable of dreaming of the title," he said, according to El Universo. "I'm convinced of that and that's the new target we've set in the near future." He also seems to have taken the Olympics seriously and will do his best to justify the flag he will carry and to succeed at the Olympics.
"For me it's a big target, because the Olympics is a big occasion, not just as a rider, but as an Ecuadorian, defending the colours of the flag," Carapaz said. "I want to be at 100 per cent at the Olympics because we're not just representing a brand or a person; we're representing a whole country. For me it's going to be a big challenge."