It was bad news for Movistar and Vuelta a España fans in general on Thursday, as Movistar announced that Giro d’Italia champion Richard Carapaz wouldn’t be contesting the Vuelta after crash injuries suffered on Sunday thwarted the Ecuadorian’s quest to win the 2019 Grand Tour double. Carapaz crashed in the Profronde van Etten-Leur criterium in the Netherlands, injuring his right shoulder. JJ Rojas will take his place in Saturday’s team time trial start.

This comes as a blow for Movistar, who could have done with a different kind of “trident”, this one consisting of Carapaz, Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde.

Rojas was with the squad for the team presentations in Salinas de Torrevieja.

There has been plenty of speculation that Carapaz is off to Ineos next year.

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