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Amador follows Carapaz from Ineos to EF Education-EasyPost

NICE FRANCE MARCH 13 Andrey Amador Bikkazakova of Costa Rica and Team INEOS Grenadiers competes during the 80th Paris Nice 2022 Stage 8 a 1156km stage from Nice to Nice ParisNice WorldTour on March 13 2022 in Nice France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images
Andrey Amador is on the move to EF Education-EasyPost (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Andrey Amador will follow Richard Carapaz from Ineos Grenadiers to EF Education-EasyPost for the 2023 season. Amador previously raced by Carapaz’s side at Movistar and moved with the Ecuadorian to Ineos in early 2020.

“I define myself as a rider who can give support in the best and worst moments,” Amador said in a statement released by his new team on Monday.

“If I have something, then I give it all and I give my best for the team. I sacrifice myself. Not only that, but I will aim for everything that I can reach.”

The Costa Rican turned professional with Caisse d’Epargne (later Movistar) in 2009 after catching the eye with fifth overall in the previous year’s Tour de l’Avenir. His greatest individual success has come at the Giro d’Italia.

“The Giro is a big thing for me, and I love it,” said Amador, who soloed to victory at Cervinia in 2012 and then finished fourth overall in 2015. A year later, he wore the maglia rosa for a day en route to eighth overall in Turin.

Amador was a key domestique for Carapaz when he claimed overall victory at the 2019 Giro and he would follow his teammate to Ineos in February of the following year after extricating himself from his contract at Movistar.

The 35-year-old has not raced a Grand Tour since that maiden season with Ineos, when he lined up alongside Carapaz at both the Tour and the Vuelta a España.

“Amador is an anchor rider, meaning he anchors the team in terms of getting the hard work done,” said EF Education-EasyPost manager Jonathan Vaughters.

“He is incredibly experienced. He has been top-ten in multiple grand tours. He is a very capable rider with a big engine in this part of his career. So what he is bringing to us is experience.”

EF Education-EasyPost confirmed the arrival of Carapaz on a three-year deal on Friday, shortly before the Ecuadorian began his final Grand Tour for Ineos at the Vuelta. 

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Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation (opens in new tab), published by Gill Books.