The Olympic champion of Tokyo 2020, the Ecuadorian Richard Carapaz wanted to fight for the rainbow jersey that is awarded to the world champion, but he will not be able to attend Glasgow (Scotland), due to the injury he suffered in Stage 1 of the Tour de France and that forced him to withdraw.

Santiago Rosero, president of the Ecuadorian Cycling Federation, told PRIMICIAS that the World Championship was in the planning of ‘Locomotora’ for the 2023 season, but no one counted on this last-minute injury.

“Since February we had been talking with Richard. He was very excited to go. He is a World Cup that resembled what happened in 2021, when he finished the Tour de France and went to the Tokyo Olympics and won the gold medal.

“He was very excited, but things do not go as planned,” explained Rosero. Carapaz’s idea was to end his participation in the Tour de France and attend the World Cup, with a strong team, to fight for the title in Glasgow.

The International Cycling Union (UCI) closed the quotas for the World Championship on June 26 and Ecuador reached four places or quotas for its riders.

The Ecuadorian Cycling Federation (FEC) had formed an important roster with Richard Carapaz, Jhonatan Narváez, Jonathan Caicedo and Alexander Cepeda. Now, the payroll will only be three runners.