The Ecuadorian Richard Carapaz (EF Education-EasyPost), will not be able to compete in the Tour of Spain that begins next Saturday in Barcelona as he has not fully recovered from the knee injury that occurred in a fall he suffered in the Tour de France.

As Carapaz’s doctor, José Reinhart, commented on Radio La Red, the cyclist from Carchá continues to recover from his knee injury, but the recovery process has been slower than expected.

“On the medical side, Richard is discharged. His knee is doing very well, but on the way he had muscle discomfort and that delayed his recovery a bit, ”commented the doctor.

Reinhart cleared up all the rumors about a hypothetical participation of Carapaz in the Vuelta.

“We have been measuring Richard’s work day by day, but he will not be able to be in the Tour of Spain. What was necessary was done, the indicated steps were followed, but it does not arrive. At the beginning we hoped that he would make it to the competition, but it was not possible. We talked with him, his trainer and they both accepted the recommendation, ”he said.

Reinhart assured that the presence of the ‘Locomotive’ in Spain was always considered a complicated scenario, due to the high risk factor for a relapse.

“If he participated in La Vuelta, he was not going to respond 100%. He may even suffer a muscle injury. The best thing is to stop and for him to recover well to return to the streets ”.

Finally, the cyclist’s doctor detailed the reasons why the recovery took longer than expected. “The problem he had was an inflammation of the tendon and that made the process, which was very good, take a few more days.”

Source: Agencias de Noticias y Mundo Deportivo