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Giro d'Italia champion Carapaz in for 900km journey to get back racing

Joe Robinson
3 Jul 2020

The Team Ineos rider is having to travel from his home to Colombia by car and bike in order to be able to catch a flight to Europe

Giro d'Italia champion Richard Carapaz may have a case of planes, bikes and automobiles to defend his title this October.

The Team Ineos rider is currently in his native Ecuador and, alongside teammate and compatriot Jhonatan Navarez, is planning on returning to Spain later this month to resume his season.

However, the humanitarian flight that the duo are planning on catching will be taking off from the Colombian capital of Bogota, a full 900km from Carapaz's Ecuadorian home.

Travel between South American countries by air is currently limited due to the coronavirus pandemic so, according to reports in El Telegrafo, the pair will have to ride most of the 900km journey, completing the rest of it by car in a two-day stint.

It is also believed Carapaz and Navarez are awaiting permission to board the flight from Bogota that will relay 200 passengers back to Europe, including fellow cyclists, tennis players and footballers. Both riders have already been issued visas to return to Europe for work.

Once arriving in Spain, the pair will then need to travel to the small principality state of Monaco to join the rest of the Team Ineos squad.

This all needs to be done before 28th July when Carapaz is scheduled to resume his 2020 season at the Vuelta a Burgos. After that the 27-year-old will race the Tour of Poland, Tirreno-Adriatico and the World Championships as a lead up to his Giro defence from 3rd to 25th October.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, travel bans have been enacted across the world, notably barring flights from both South and North America into the European Union.

This has led to uncertainty for many riders based in both the United States of America and South America on how they will return to Europe for the beginning of the season.

It is a malleable situation, however, and as has been the case for other athletes returning to Europe, countries have allowed some travel with discretion.