It’s just an open secret. Richard Carapaz will not extend the adventure with the Ineos Grenadiers team. Recruited by the British formation a few days after its success at the Giro 2019 against a backdrop of dissension between the leaders of the Movistar team and its agent Giuseppe Acquadro, the Ecuadorian has been at the heart of rumors for several weeks. Corridor noises which were amplified when Egan Bernal then Tom Pidcock both extended with Ineos Grenadiers, until 2026 for the Colombian and 2027 for the Briton, Olympic mountain bike champion and cyclo-cross world champion. Added to this is the announced desire of Dave Brailsford to extend the lease of Adam Yates, who will be his leader for the next Tour de France. One of the main destinations announced for the Olympic champion in Tokyo would be his former employer. Indeed, we lend the leaders of the Movistar team the idea of ​​​​bringing the Ecuadorian back.

Carapaz future leader of EF Education-Easypost?

However, according to information from the specialized site VeloNews, the Movistar option was ruled out by Richard Carapaz, a sign that the tensions between the Spanish formation and its agent are not yet a thing of the past. A team which could lose one of its leaders in the person of Enric Mas, whose career is managed by Giuseppe Acquadro and who would have been offered to several teams according to the specialized site Wielerflits. The native of El Carmelo is thus announced as the successor to Rigoberto Uran in the role of leader of the EF Education-Easypost team from next season and with a three-year contract., despite the uncertainty regarding the maintenance of the American team in the UCI World Tour at the end of the season. The Ecuadorian could count on riders like Mark Padun, Esteban Chaves, Hugh Carthy or Ruben Guerreiro to fuel his dreams of a second Grand Tour victory, which narrowly escaped him last May during the Tour d’ Italy.