Richard Carapaz out of Vuelta a España 2019 after crash

The Giro champion will not take to the start

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Richard Carapaz will not race the Vuelta a España after he crashed days before the opening stage.

The Giro d’Italia winner fell last Sunday (August 18), according to his Movistar team, and suffered shoulder injuries.

Carapaz was due to be one of three potential leaders for the Spanish team at the Vuelta, but the crash has taken him out of the race.

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The Ecuadorian suffered a number of injuries, including bruises to his shoulder.

A statement from Movistar said: “The participation of Richard Carapaz in the Vuelta a España in doubt as a result of a fall last Sunday, which caused a strong bruise on his right shoulder and serious injuries."

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The team then added: "Movistar confirms Thursday that Richard Carapaz will not start the 74th edition of the Vuelta a España , which starts on Saturday in Alicante.

"In spite of the treatment received since then and the absence of fractures, the evolution of the lesions advises a greater precaution for its total restoration, so he will not take part in the race." 

Carapaz emerged as the unexpected winner of the Giro d’Italia this year, bringing to an end Movistar’s drought in three-week races.

The 26-year-old had been holding well on the opening two weeks of the race, along with Spanish team-mate Mikkel Landa.

He then jumped from sixth overall to take the pink jersey on stage 14 to Courmayeur, and was unshakable in the final week, taking the race win in Verona.

Movistar planned to return to their trident leadership tactic at the Vuelta, with former winners Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana riding alongside Carapaz.

Quintana has previously won the Vuelta, beating Chris Froome (Team Ineos) in 2016, but has been far from his best in Grand Tours in recent seasons as he has targeted the Tour de France, the only three-week race missing from his palmarès.

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Valverde, another former Vuelta winner who triumphed in 2009, has also ridden a quiet season after taking the World Championships at the end of last season.

With Quintana set to leave Movistar for Arkéa-Samsic and Carapaz now out, Valverde is their chosen rider for the overall on paper.

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