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Carapaz and Landa lead Movistar at Tour of Britain

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Giro d'Italia champion Richard Carapaz will make his debut at the upcoming Tour of Britain, race organisers have announced. His Movistar teammate and fellow debutant Mikel Landa will join him on the start line at the race, which sets off from Glasgow on September 7.

The duo, neither of whom has raced on British soil before, will head up a strong Movistar squad for the eight-day stage race. Andrey Amador, Carlos Barbero, Eduardo Sepúlveda and Carlos Verona make up the remainder of the six-man team.

Aside from the Clásica San Sebastián, the race will be Landa's first since finishing sixth at the Tour de France. Meanwhile, Carapaz is in Britain after being forced to miss the Vuelta a España after suffering contusions and bruises at a criterium a week before the race began.

The race will be among their last for Movistar, with both men leaving at the end of the season. Carapaz has signed a three-year deal with Team Ineos and Landa will be joining Bahrain-Merida.

The 2019 Tour of Britain doesn't feature any summit finishes as it has frequently in recent years – Haytor, Hartside Fell, Whinlatter Pass – but several tough stages will provide an opportunity for Movistar's climber-heavy squad to affect the race.

Stage 4 heads east to west across the Pennines to a hilltop finish in Kendal, where stage 2 finished in 2016. Stage 7 also offers a hilltop finish in Burton Dassett Country Park, where a hilly closing circuit should provoke GC action. 

Movistar for Tour of Britain (September 7-14): Andrey Amador, Carlos Barbero, Richard Carapaz, Mikel Landa, Eduardo Sepúlveda, Carlos Verona.

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Daniel Ostanek

Daniel Ostanek has been a staff writer at Cyclingnews since August 2019, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later part-time production editor. Before Cyclingnews, he was published in numerous publications around the cycling world, including Procycling, CyclingWeekly, CyclingTips, Cyclist, and Rouleur, among others. As well as reporting and writing news and features, Daniel runs the 'How to watch' content throughout the season.

Daniel has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, and has interviewed a number of the sport's biggest stars, including Egan Bernal, Wout van Aert, Remco Evenepoel, Mark Cavendish, and Anna van der Breggen. Daniel rides a 2002 Landbouwkrediet Colnago C40 and his favourite races are Strade Bianche and the Vuelta a España.