The time trial leaves Pogacar very close to the Giro

The time trial leaves Pogacar very close to the Giro

The Olympic road race can be competed without Richard Carapaz

What they have going on in Ecuador is the mini-list of a cyclist who must go to the online race at the Olympic Games: Richard Carapaz, the current champion, or Jonathan Narváez, suitable for the course and in excellent shape?

After listening to this cut, after reading an interview with Carapaz, after interpreting everything that happened, The criteria of the Ecuadorian federation is not at all clear to me. about who should occupy the place in the road race at the Olympic Games.

On paper, Jonathan Narváez is a perfect cyclist for the race, and furthermore, as we have seen at the start of the Giro, his form is excellent.

In fact Narváez would compete in Paris against some of his rivals in the spring classicsbecause the Ecuadorian is a “cyclist” in these scenarios.

However, at the same time they have the current champion and national celebrity, Richard Carapaz, who I see perfectly capable of conditioning the race and even giving the bell, being as intelligent as he is.

Carapaz complains about movements in the selection criteria, something that resonates a lot with me.

You just have to see how they spent their time on the Spanish track when there were candidates to do something important in the Olympic event, today not even that.

The statements that come from the Ecuadorian cycling leader, hiding behind the route, seem embarrassing to me, although they have little or no margin, not even asking for an extension to two seats, because if they gave second place to Ecuador, why wouldn’t they have to give it to others?

The problem is that selection criterion and that the race seems to have to start with the fewest possible.

In the Olympic Games things do not work like they do in the world championships and that is why Carapaz is not assured of his defense of gold in Tokyo.

In fact no sport guarantees a place for the championas Antonio Alix confirms to me, something that was not clear to me.

In the last world championship, Belgium fielded eight cyclists plus Remco Evenepoel, who had the place saved as the outgoing champion and did not “take it away”

In the Olympic Games, the quotas do not depend on the federations, and be careful with what can happen with the screenings to go to the MTB races of the Olympic Games, whose starting list will surely have several applicants.

It is the rule, it is what it is and in Ecuador we see what situation it causes, with its two best cyclists not facing each other publicly, but in a hidden wayand the fans divided.

2024-05-10 16:12:37
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