Carapaz to withdraw from Tour of Poland

09 Aug 2020

Carapaz to withdraw from Tour of Poland

Richard Carapaz will not take the start of the final stage at the Tour of Poland following his crash on Saturday.

The Ecuadorian was holding the race lead when he went down, and despite finishing the stage the decision has been taken to withdraw him from the race to speed up his recovery process ahead of a busy programme.

Sport Director Matteo Tosatto explained the precautionary measure: “Richard was feeling some pain after the crash so at this stage it’s better we give him some time to recover and not start today’s stage. It’s the best solution for him, as from here he goes on a Giro recon and then on to Lombardia – so looking at the bigger picture it is best for him to rest.”

Team INEOS Doctor Alistair Park added: “Richard has some skin loss from the crash as well as muscular soreness, mostly around the right side of his abdomen and his right hip. It looks like he caught some handlebars in the crash which has caused some contusion and bruising. We’ll continue to monitor him throughout his recovery.”

Ian Stannard was also caught up in the same crash and was forced to abandon the race. After hospital checks it was confirmed the Brit sustained a dislocated right shoulder.

Park added: “Ian dislocated his right shoulder in the crash. It was not easy to reduce initially so we had to take him to the hospital for extra assessment, x-rays and a CT-scan. He will now travel back to the UK where he’ll be assessed by a shoulder specialist. We’ll get a second CT-scan after the reduction to see if everything looks okay. That second scan will tell us more about the nature of the injury.”