They were talking about Carapaz and they met the Colombian Vargas: gold in the cycling time trial

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Santiago de Chile, Oct 22 (EFE).- Everyone was talking about the Ecuadorian Richard Carapaz and they ended up meeting Walter Vargas, the Colombian who with his powerful pedal strokes rose, with a time of 47 minutes and 2 seconds, to the top of the podium this Sunday in the Pan American road cycling time trial.

With an unbeatable performance, Vargas defeated one of the stars of the Santiago 2023 Games, the Ecuadorian Richard Carapaz, who won silver in his debut in the continental competition with 47:36.02.

Vargas, 31, also made his debut in the Pan American Games, and now he will surely never be forgotten by achieving the monumental feat that gave Colombia the first gold medal of the day, with a time of 47:02.72 and an average speed of 51 kilometres.

Vargas' mark surpassed that of Carapaz, Tokyo 2020 Olympic champion, by 33.30 seconds; and by 1:11.24 to the Bermudian Conor White, who took the bronze and gave his country the first medal in these games.

"I am very happy, I thank everyone who is behind me and has accompanied me in this process. I dedicate this medal to them, it was for what I came for, what I wanted and what I had worked for," the Colombian said excitedly.

The cyclist from El Carmen de Viboral added: "It is retribution for so much support they have given us. This is for all of you, Colombia."

In the two laps (42.2 kilometers in total) of the circuit arranged in the streets of Maipo Island, a city of 36,000 inhabitants in the metropolitan region of Santiago, Vargas had the best record.

The Colombian, winner of the Pan American Championship held in Panama in April, beat 15 cyclists from nine countries. Vargas had won silver in the last Central American and Caribbean Games in San Salvador, where his compatriot Miguel Ángel López won.

Road cycling awards points towards the Olympic ranking for the Paris 2024 Games.

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