Carapaz will start season at Tour Colombia 2.1

Richard Carapaz (Movistar)
Richard Carapaz will return to Colombia to start his 2020 season (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Team Ineos will line up for the 2020 Tour Colombia 2.1 stage race in February with at least two Grand Tour winners on the roster in reigning Tour de France champion Egan Bernal and 2019 Giro d'Italia victor Richard Carapaz.

The Colombian race announced today that Carapaz, 26, will be part of the Team Ineos roster that will compete in the six-day race that runs from February 11-16. Bernal previously announced his own plans to race his home country's tour this year.

Carapaz moved to the powerhouse British team after four years with Spanish squad Movistar, where he developed as a mountains helper for the likes of Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde before his break-out performance last year at the Giro.

The Ecuadorian rider has made no secret about his hopes of returning to the Giro to defend his title this year, and a start in Colombia would be similar to the previous three seasons with Movistar, when he kicked things off in Argentina at the Vuelta a San Juan and then raced in Colombia.

Ineos will field a team for the WorldTour opener at the Tour Down Under in January, but the British squad are not on the line-up for Argentina, leaving Carapaz to look to Colombia for his usual South American start.

The race also announced on Wednesday that Colombian Jhonatan Restrepo will lead the Androni Giacattoli team at the race. Other riders already announced for the race include Team Ineos' Sebastian Henao, Ivan Sosa and Jhonatan Narvaez; Deceuninck-QuickStep's Julian Alaphilippe, Bob Jungels and Alavaro Hodeg; EF Education First's Daniel Martinez and  Sergio Higuita; UAE Team Emirates' Fabio Aru, Fernando Gaviria and Jan Polanc; and Arkea-Samsic's Winner Anacona.

The six day race starts Tuesday, February 11, with a 16.7km individual time trial in Tunja.  Stage 2 takes riders 152.4km from Paipa to Duitama. Paipa hosts the start of the 177.7km third stage, which finishes in Sogamoso. Stage 4 is 168.6km from Paipa to Santa Rosa de Viterbo, followed by stage 5's 175km from Paipa to Zipaquirá.  The race concludes Sunday, February 16, with a final 182.6km stage from Zipaquirá to the climb up Alto del Verjón.

Team Ineos for the 2020 Tour Colombia 2.1: Egan Bernal, Richard Carapaz, Sebastián Henao, Jhonatan Narvaez, Brandon Rivera, Iván Sosa

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Growing up in Missoula, Montana, Pat competed in his first bike race in 1985 at Flathead Lake. He studied English and journalism at the University of Oregon and has covered North American cycling extensively since 2009, as well as racing and teams in Europe and South America. Pat currently lives in the US outside of Portland, Oregon, with his imaginary dog Rusty.