Movistar confirmed on Thursday that Richard Carapaz cannot participate in the Vuelta a España. The winner of the Giro d'Italia fell hard on Sunday in a criterium in Etten-Leur in Brabant.
"Carapaz has a bruised right shoulder and countless other bruises," reports the Spanish team. "After medical examination, it was found that, despite the lack of fractures, he is unable to participate in the Vuelta."
The 26-year-old Ecuadorian surprised earlier this year by winning the Giro d'Italia. In the Vuelta that starts on Saturday, he was one of the favorites. His role is now taken over by José Joaquín Rojas.
Movistar already has two contenders for the overall victory with Colombian Nairo Quintana and Spanish world champion Alejandro Valverde.
Three Dutchmen will start on Saturday with classification ambitions at the Tour of Spain. Steven Kruijswijk is Jumbo-Visma's shadow leader behind Primoz Roglic, Wilco Kelderman leads Team Sunweb and Wout Poels has been named team leader at Team INEOS together with Brit Tao Geoghegan Hart.
The 74th edition of the Vuelta starts on Saturday with a team time trial in Torrevieja on the Costa Blanca. The final stage will be held in Madrid on 15 September.
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