Carapaz leaves in Poland as a "precautionary measure"

The Ecuadorian suffered a fall this Saturday. He reached the finish line losing a few seconds with the group of favorites, but they preferred not to participate in the last stage.


The Ecuadorian cyclist from the Ineos team Richard Carapaz has left the Tour of Poland, a day after the accident he suffered while wearing the leader's jersey on Saturday's fourth stage. The Ineos leader was removed from the test as a "precautionary measure" after the accident in which his teammate, Briton Ian Stannnard dislocated his shoulder. The Ecuadorian fell 67 kilometers from the finish line hitting his right side against the asphalt. With a shattered jersey, he set off again and rejoined the peloton, but lost his yellow jersey as 20-year-old Remco Evenepoel from Belgium embarked on a 51-kilometer solo victory.

Carapaz, who had taken the lead of the overall with a victory on Friday, went on to finish the stage in 16th place, 3:21 behind Evenepoel, and falling to 16th overall. This Sunday the decision was made not to start the fifth and final stage as a "precautionary measure" and also due to the proximity before the Tour of Lombardia next weekend. "Richard was in some pain after the crash, so at this stage we better give him some time to recover and not start today," said sporting director Matteo Tosatto. "It is the best solution for him, since from here he goes to a recognition of the Giro (of Italy) and then to Lombardy - so looking at the big picture he better rest," he added.

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