Carapaz will run the Volta in preparation for the Tour and Games

The appointment from March 22 to 28 will be Carapaz's first official competition of the season, the 27-year-old cyclist announced on his website.

The Ecuadorian cyclist Richard Carapaz, from the Ineos team, announced on Tuesday his participation in the Volta a Catalunya, which this year commemorates its 100th edition, as part of his preparation for the two objectives of his season: the Tour de France and the Olympic Games from Tokyo.

The one in Catalonia, which was not raced in 2020 due to the new coronavirus pandemic, will take place this year from March 22 to 28 and will be Carapaz's first official competition of the season, the 27-year-old cyclist announced on his website. The winner of the 2019 Giro d'Italia has participated in previous editions of the Volta, but said that this year's will be special because it will have two high finals.

After the Volta a Catalunya, Carapaz will run some short tests in the Basque Country before leaving for France to face the Tour, which will be held from June 26 to July 18. For Carapaz it is a challenge to train and travel in the midst of the covid-19 pandemic, which generates uncertainty, especially due to the variations that may occur within the competition calendar.

The 'Locomotora del Carchi' is looking forward to participating in the Tokyo Olympic Games as the main head of the team completed by Jefferson Cepeda, from the Spanish team Caja Rural-Seguros RGA; and Jonathan Caicedo, from the American EF Pro Cycling.

In addition to the Giro d'Italia, Carapaz achieved prominence in the 2020 Tour de France, which was attended as a gregarious by Colombian Egan Bernal, who retired due to a back injury at the end of the sixteenth stage.

After Bernal's abandonment, Carapaz assumed command for much of the next stage, arriving first at the emblematic Madeleine pass, although he finished in eleventh place overall. In the eighteenth stage he reached second place, when he could do it first, but he surpassed the goal hugging his teammate, the Polish Michal Kwiatkowski, who was given as the winner of that stage. In the 2020 Vuelta a España he took second place after a close contest from start to finish with the Slovenian Primoz Roglic, winner of the Vuelta.

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