Carapaz and Froome set for Vuelta

19 Oct 2020

Carapaz and Froome set for Vuelta

Richard Carapaz and Chris Froome are excited to tackle the final race of the INEOS Grenadiers' 2020 season - La Vuelta a España.

For Froome, the Vuelta represents his first Grand Tour since the 2018 Tour de France - and his first since the terrible crash during last year’s Criterium du Dauphine.

The 35 year old is hopeful of performing well in Spain and feels he is improving all the time. He confirmed that he will be supporting Carapaz on the daunting road to Madrid. Andrey Amador, Michal Golas, Brandon Rivera, Ivan Sosa, Dylan van Baarle and Cameron Wurf round out the lineup.

“We’ve got a great team here to support Richard as much as possible,” said Froome. “I’m going to take it one day at a time, and hopefully finish the Vuelta on a high note. For me personally, I am going to take these first few days to see where I am in the bunch.

“I think it’s quite hard to say where I am at the moment given that I haven’t done many stage races recently. Signs in training have gotten better and better, and I am feeling more like myself again, which is fantastic. It’s hard to quantify that when I haven’t been able to race against rivals. After the first few stages, I will be able to have a more clear plan for the rest of the race, and know what kind of job I can fulfil at that point.

“I’ve got to keep in mind that I haven’t raced a Grand Tour in two years now, so I am looking at taking it one day at a time. The first three stages are very hard, and we’ll see pretty fast how I am feeling. I’ll know pretty quickly, as the first few days of racing are pretty full-on.”
Richard Carapaz

Richard Carapaz

I think I can be up there in the fight for the Vuelta, we've got a very strong team and we're keen to get into it.
For Carapaz, who shone in the final week of the Tour de France as he battled for the King of the Mountains Jersey and showed the form that won him the 2019 Giro d’Italia, the Vuelta represents his opportunity to lead the INEOS Grenadiers in to a Grand Tour for the first time.

The Ecuadorian said: “It's been a very strange season for everybody but I'm very motivated and I'm keen to race really well - and we've got a great team for that. I hope it all goes well, and I hope I can be in the fight for this Grand Tour.

“The first week will be really important for the outcome of the whole Vuelta, it's going to be a very nervous first stage and critical for GC. I’m in good shape, and feeling really motivated to go for it. I think I can be up there in the fight for the Vuelta, we've got a very strong team and we're keen to get into it.”