“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.Carapaz looked good in the Tour of Poland earlier in August, winning a stage before being forced out of the race after a crash. His form is clearly on the rise, however, after being drafted into the Tour squad at the expense of Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas.
“The truth is, this has been a unique year. I was lucky to be able to train well at home, and that’s part of what I’m here for. I’m in good shape and the team saw it, and that’s why we decided to come here. It’s a big change, but it’s the biggest race a cyclist can do in the world, so in that sense it’s a big opportunity, ”he said.
However, it is not expected, according to Carapaz, that his role will become more than an assistant at this point. “It hasn’t been proposed or even thought of yet. We think Egan is good, and we will support him until the end. Then, from day to day, depending on the course of the race, we will see if we have to make a plan B. ”
With Froome and Thomas left at home, the inclusion of Carapaz adds to Latin America’s growing influence on the team. Bernal went out of his way to stress that the team remained British at the heart of their pre-race press conference, with Carapaz echoing those sentiments.
“I can’t really compare it to previous years – this is my first year on the team, and I’ve only recently started to know the team. What is certain is that it is an English team and that the language is English. We may have more Spanish speakers, but I think it will always be the original language of the team. With Egan, we had some meetings in Colombia during the races, and we have a good relationship.