Carapaz: We've not talked about me as a Tour de France plan-B

Richard Carapaz (Team Ineos) wins stage 3 of the 2020 Tour de Pologne. He’ll now ride the Tour de France, having originally been picked by Ineos to lead at the Giro d’Italia
Richard Carapaz (Team Ineos) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Richard Carapaz may have been drafted into the Tour de France at the eleventh hour having previously been scheduled to defend his Giro d’Italia crown but the climber has put his complete faith and backing behind his Ineos Grenadiers teammate Egan Bernal.

Bernal comes into the Tour de France as the defending champion but abandoned the Critérium du Dauphiné due to a back injury. The Colombian told reporters on Friday that he is still recovering from his injuries but that he intends to lead Ineos’ Tour challenge over the coming weeks.

“First of all, I think Egan is in top condition,” Carapaz, who was signed over the winter from Movistar, told the media.

“We’ll see day-by-day what happens in the Tour, and then decisions will be taken. Right now I can’t say if I will lead or not, but I think the leader is good, and we’re going to get behind that until we have to do otherwise.”

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