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Carapaz’s Vuelta in doubt after crash

Carapaz’s Vuelta in doubt after crash

22/08/2019 at 09:53Updated 22/08/2019 at 11:07

Richard Carapaz’s participation at La Vuelta is in doubt after the Giro d’Italia champion damaged his shoulder in a crash last weekend.

The Movistar rider was expected to contest leadership duties with former winners Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde.

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A final decision will be announced on Friday, with the race starting in south-east Spain on Saturday.

"Richard Carapaz’s appearance in the race has been put in doubt by a crash last Sunday, which caused him a contusion to his right shoulder and several other bruises," read a team statement.

Carapaz stormed to a shock Giro triumph in June, becoming the first Ecuadorian to do so.

The 26-year-old will leave Movistar at the end of the season to join Team Ineos.

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