Carapaz: No one spoke of me as a Tour de France-B plan

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Richard Carapaz may have been drafted into the Tour de France in the eleventh hour after previously being scheduled to defend his Giro d’Italia crown, but the climber has put all his confidence and support behind his teammate Ineos Grenadiers Egan Bernal .Bernal entered the Tour de France as defending champion but dropped out of the Critérium du Dauphiné due to a back injury. The Colombian told reporters on Friday he is still recovering from his injuries but intends to lead the Tour of Ineos challenge over the next few weeks.

“First of all, I think Egan is in perfect shape,” Carapaz, who was signed this winter by Movistar, told media.

“We will see day after day what happens in the Tour and then decisions will be made. At the moment I can’t say whether or not I will lead, but I think the leader is good, and we will support him until we have to do otherwise.

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