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Carapaz ruled out of Vuelta a Espana

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Richard Carapaz (Movistar) leads the Giro d'Italia

Richard Carapaz (Movistar) leads the Giro d'Italia
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Richard Carapaz (Movistar) with the Trofeo Senza Fine

Richard Carapaz (Movistar) with the Trofeo Senza Fine
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2019 Giro d'Italia winner Richard Carapaz poses with Ecuador's flag on the final podium in Verona.

2019 Giro d'Italia winner Richard Carapaz poses with Ecuador's flag on the final podium in Verona.
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Richard Carapaz (Movistar)

Richard Carapaz (Movistar)
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Richard Carapaz (Movistar)

Richard Carapaz (Movistar)
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Movistar have confirmed that Richard Carapaz will not take the start of the Vuelta a España, which begins on Saturday.

The Ecuadorian rider was due to be co-leader of the Spanish squad alongside Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde, but crashed at the Etten-Leur criterium in the Netherlands on Sunday.

Carapaz, who won the Giro d'Italia earlier in the season, suffered a contusion on his right shoulder, other bruises, and "multiple injuries" as a result of his crash, though avoided fractures. The decision was made to pull him from the start list after further assessments were taken on Thursday afternoon.

Movistar's first reserve rider, José Joaquín Rojas, has been called up to take Carapaz's place.

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