Richard Carapaz withdraws from Tour de Pologne before start of last stage
Aug 09 2020 08:24 pm CET

Richard Carapaz withdraws from Tour de Pologne before start of last stage
Richard Carapaz withdraws from Tour de Pologne before start of last stage
Photo of Richard Carapaz by Team Ineos

Team Ineos' Richard Carapaz has decided to withdraw from the Tour de Pologne before the start of the last stage.

The Ecuadorian rider was leading the general classification of the Polish race when he hit the deck. Although he managed to finish the stage, he and his team have decided for him to step down and focus on his recovery.

"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," said Sport Director Matteo Tosatto. "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."

"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," added Doctor Alistair Park. "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 involved in the same crash and hospital checks confirmed he dislocated his right shoulder. "Ian dislocated his right shoulder in the crash,"Park explained. "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 x-ray after the reduction to see if everything looks okay. That second scan will tell us more about the nature of the injury."




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