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Giro d'Italia winner Richard Carapaz's transfer to Team Ineos confirmed

Joseph Delves
3 Sep 2019

Ecuadorian signs three-year contract with the British squad

Team Ineos have secured the services of 26-year-old climber Richard Carapaz. The rider is set to leave his current Movistar squad and head to Team Ineos for the 2020 season.

Carapaz is ready a Grand Tour winne after he claimed the overall at this year's Giro d’Italia. He’s the first new signing Team Ineos have announced since their spending spree last year.

Now the fourth Grand Tour winner on the team alongside Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal, Carapaz has yet to ride the Tour de France.

'I already know a lot of the riders on the team and I’m looking forward to working with everyone at Team Ineos from next season,' explained Carapaz.

Team Ineos had been hoping to pinch the rider from his current squad for several seasons. With team principal, Dave Brailsford, commenting, 'We’re very pleased to have signed Richard from the start of the 2020 season.

'We’ve been long-time admirers of his talents as a bike rider and have followed his development closely over a number of years, as we have always marked him out as a potential member of our team.

'He is obviously a fantastic climber but also has great versatility as he showed at the Giro earlier this year. He’s still relatively young and I have no doubt he can develop and improve even further.'

Ruled out of the current Vuelta a Espana due to a shoulder injury, Carapaz is now back in action having recently raced the somewhat obscure Bretagne Classic one-day race.