Carapaz playing long game in Giro d'Italia build up

Vuelta a Burgos 2020 - 42th Edition - 2nd stage Castrojeriz - Villadiego 168 km - 29/07/2020 - Richard Carapaz (ECU - Team Ineos) - photo Luis Angel Gomez/BettiniPhoto©2020
Richard Carapaz (Team Ineos) on stage 2 of the 2020 Vuelta a Burgos (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

It's a case of so far, so good, for defending Giro d'Italia champion Richard Carapaz (Team Ineos). Despite his big objective of the season – defending his Giro title – still being nearly two months away, his first taste of racing action since this spring at the Vuelta a Burgos could not have gone better.

After finishing 14th on the opening stage at the Alto de Castillo climb, Carapaz came through stage 2 of Burgos unscathed, and in 30th place in the bunch sprint, leaving him poised to go on the attack at the Picón Blanco summit finish on stage 3 on Thursday, should he be ready to do so.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.