Carapaz, favorite in Burgos in his comeback after the Giro

Richard Carapaz is the main face of the Tour of Burgos, which starts this Tuesday. The Ecuadorian does not compete since the Tour of Italy. De la Cruz, another favorite.


Richard Carapaz puts on a bib again. This Tuesday, the 26-year-old Ecuadorian, reappears in the Vuelta a Burgos (August 13-17) . The Movistar cyclist has been 72 days without competing after winning the Tour of Italy. After that break, and with the mind set on the Tour of Spain (August 24 to September 15), Carapaz will take a rhythm of competition in one of the classic rounds of the summer. He will lead Movistar and will have David de la Cruz (Ineos) as the main rival. Both are cyclists who stand out on the mountain and their teams have surrounded them with fellow guarantees to try to achieve victory.

Together with De la Cruz, Ineos also presents the recent champion of the Burgos round, Ivan Ramiro Sosa, that last year he signed up for the test while he was still running at Androni. Rui Costa and Pierre Rolland complete the list of favorites for an appointment that starts this Tuesday and will do so with the first ports. The first stage will end in one of third (the Mirador del Castillo), which should not open large differences, but can choke on more than one.

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As it happened in the last edition, the third and fifth day (and last) are calls to decide the general. Thursday, in a 150-kilometer stage, cyclists will ascend four third-category ports before facing the dreaded Picón Blanco (9.5 kilometers at 9.1% of average slope and ramps of up to 17%). On Saturday, the race will end the traditional stage of the Lagoons of Neila. There will be two previous ports before the 14.8 kilometers (5.28 of average slope) of the ascent, which hides ramps of 17% in its final part. Two great colossi for cyclists to get in tune for the next big date on the international calendar: the Tour of Spain.



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