Second in the Giro, Ecuadorian Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) said at a press conference in his country that he would not participate in the Tour de France, in order to prepare as well as possible for the Vuelta.
Third in the Tour de France 2021, behind Tadej Pogacar and Jonas Vingegaard, Richard Carapaz will not be on the Champs-Elysées podium this year. Unsurprisingly, the 29-year-old Ecuadorian rider announced that the Vuelta would be his second big goal of the season, having finished second in the Giro just over a week ago. “I will not participate in the Tour. The Vuelta will be the main objective of the second part of the season. The calendar is not yet defined but I could first run the Tour of Poland (from July 30 to August 5, editor’s note) then finish with some classics “explained the Ineos Grenadiers runner during a press conference at his return to Ecuador, according to comments reported by Tuttobiciweb. Winner of the Giro in 2019 while defending the colors of Movistar, Richard Carapaz, considered the favorite of the 2022 edition, wore the pink jersey for six days, before cracking during the 19th stage against his rival, Jai Hindley, final winner with 1’18 ahead of the Ecuadorian. ” On the Giro, I had a fairly good consistency, some days were more demanding than others, but I fought to win until the end. No matter how many days you wear the pink jersey, the important thing is to wear it as a winner. Of course, precious memories remain. Me among the greats (he became the South American runner who wore the pink jersey most often, editor’s note)? There are currently four or five top athletes in cycling and I am one of them. My greatest pride is to be able to be among the best , he confided.
Yates and Martinez leaders of Ineos
Richard Carapaz does not see himself participating in a third Tour de France, he who finished 13th in 2020 and therefore third last year. He will take advantage of the next few weeks to train: Now I’m going to stay a month in Ecuador, I’m going to train here at home, in the province of Carchi (in the north of the country, not far from the Colombian border, editor’s note): this is my favorite place. “A priori, the Briton Adam Yates and the Colombian Dani Martinez should be the leaders of Ineos Grenadiers on the Tour de France.
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