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'Living with a knife over your head' - Carapaz reveals Movistar issues

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Richard Carapaz won the Giro d'Italia with Movistar in 2019

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ByEurosport UK
20/05/2020 at 15:46 | Updated 20/05/2020 at 15:56

Richard Carapaz has revealed the “difficult circumstances” he endured during his final season at Movistar.

Carapaz left Movistar at the end of last year to join Team Ineos, having won the Giro d’Italia in 2019.

  • Carapaz insists he was not 'disloyal'
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He battled for leadership at Movistar, including with Mikel Landa during the Giro, and his loyalty was questioned by team director Pablo Lastras in Netflix documentary 'El dia menos pensado' [The least expected day], which covers the whole of Movistar's 2019 season.

Carapaz, though, says he has no regrets over his departure and "owes them nothing".

"Living those circumstances is very difficult," he said in a YouTube interview with extreme athlete Valenti Sanjuan.

"It's like having a knife over your head and not knowing when it will fall. There were situations in the race where both of us were there and you didn't know who was riding for whom.

I have no doubt about what it would have been like at Movistar if I had stayed on as a leader. It was the right time and I don't regret a thing. We won a Grand Tour at Movistar. Even if they call me everything, I owe them nothing. I am not sorry or sad that I left.

Carapaz is set to target the Giro again this year and looks likely to be Team Ineos' leader, with Egan Bernal, Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas targeting the Tour de France.

"Ineos told me, ‘Richard, we are going to adapt to you, it is not you who has to adapt to us.’ At Movistar, I didn’t have the opportunity to have a group adapt to me,” he said.

"Ineos looks like NASA. When I came here, there were many things that surprised me that I had never experienced before."

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