Richard Carapaz will be a serious competitor to Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) at the Giro d’Italia this year. As a defending champion, the Ecuadorian is eager to defend his crown in Italy. Together with Rohan Dennis, Carapaz will become the leader of Team Ineos in the 2020 Giro later.
Since mid-January, Team Ineos has been plotting leader racers on two Grand Tours this season. Los Galacticos in the world of bicycle racing that dropped Geraint Thomas, Egan Bernal, and Chris Froome on the Tour de France. While Carapaz and Dennis will race in the Giro.
Currently Carapaz is training hard in his hometown in Carchi, Ecuador. He only has one big goal this year, namely winning the 2020 Giro. As a defending champion, the 27-year racer is optimistic he can perform optimally in Italy.
“My big goal is to conquer the Giro d’Italia and get there in optimal condition. I will try to do what I have done in the last few years,” Carapaz said in an interview with the EFE news agency .
Carapaz did show a positive chart at the Giro d’Italia. On his debut in the 2018 Giro last, he managed to occupy the fourth position in the general standings. The following year, Carapaz, who was still defending Movistar, successfully won the biggest racing event in Italy.
‘Richie’ is scheduled to fly to Spain next month. He will restart the 2020 season by racing at Vuelta a Burgos which is scheduled to take place July 28 to August 1. After that he will get off at the Tour de Pologne (5-9 August) and Tirreno-Adriatico (7-14 September).
Carapaz admitted that he was impatient to return to racing. For him, the change in WorldTour’s schedule made all the preparations as if it started from zero again. The drivers and teams have to face a busy schedule that runs from August to the end of the year.
“In the end this is a different year than usual. The racing calendar has been compressed in three months. There will be many surprises,” he said.