Richard Carapaz would travel to Europe on a humanitarian flight from Colombia

The Carchean cyclist along with Jhonatan Narváez, his teammate in Team Ineos, attended this Monday, June 29, 2020, at the Spanish embassy in Quito, to process an entry permit to Madrid, from Bogotá, since both would move in a humanitarian flight. Cycling is getting closer to restarting, after the confinement that the world lived due to the coronavirus. The first important race to be held will be the Vuelta a Burgos, from July 28 to August 1 and there will be Richard Carapaz. For that, the carchense will have to move from America to Europe, to carry out the concentration before the race. Although the official letter has not yet arrived, Team Ineos has already warned the ‘Locomotive of Carchi’, which will have to appear in Monaco on July 16. The European Union will only open its borders to commercial flights on July 1 and only from certain countries. In an unofficial list, from South America, you could only enter from Uruguay. For this reason, this option seems unlikely for Carapaz and Narváez to arrive in Europe. The other option is that cyclists can be welcomed on a humanitarian flight by European residents, who move from Ecuador to the old continent. However, very few passengers at this stage of the pandemic seek this option. For this reason, the idea has arisen that Richard Carapaz, Jhonatan Narváez and other cyclists such as Jonathan Caicedo, Jefferson Cepeda and Alexander Cepeda, can join a humanitarian flight that will depart from Bogotá to Madrid on July 18. Colombia has 18 professional cyclists in European teams and all must appear in their teams, as the calendar is getting closer to starting. In fact, several of the coffee riders are leaders in their squads for the Tour de France, as is the case of Nairo Quintana (Arkéa Samsic), Egan Bernal (Team Ineos), Rigoberto Urán (EF Pro Cycling) and Miguel Ángel López ( Astana). For this reason, the Colombian Cycling Federation processed with the authorities of that country a humanitarian flight to transport cyclists and other athletes who have to comply with their teams in Europe. PRIMICIAS learned that the Ecuadorian Cycling Federation contacted its counterpart in Colombia, to request that Ecuadorian riders be included in that flight, which has an almost defined date: July 18. Management is already underway. However, another drawback arose for the winner of the 2019 Giro d’Italia. How to get to Bogotá if the Colombian borders are also closed? Carapaz and Narváez are planning to request help from the Foreign Ministries of Ecuador and Colombia so that they can be granted a safe-conduct that allows them to get from Rumichaca to Bogotá, on a route that covers 982.6 kilometers away. If they manage to obtain the permit, Team Ineos cyclists plan to make that journey in two days by car and bicycle, so as not to miss the training rhythm. For this reason, both were in Quito processing the permit to enter Spain. Both have a work visa, but due to the circumstances, they need a document that allows them to arrive in Madrid from Bogotá on the humanitarian flight. Richard Carapaz and Jhonatan Narváez hope to receive this week the official competition calendar from their team, Team Ineos. With that document, the two will process their trip to Europe. They must arrive in Monaco, where the Team Ineos training venue is located. There they will make a camp, before moving to the different competitions. Carapaz will be the leader of Ineos in the Giro d’Italia. Narváez would attend the Vuelta a España. In the principality, the Ineos has set up for some years a luxurious training center. The team has chosen this place because of the training facilities, the variety of routes and because some of the members of the British team live near that sector, such as Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas and, lastly, Colombian Egan Bernal bought a home. If the team does not make any last minute changes, Carapaz has already defined its schedule: Tour of Burgos, Tour of Poland, Tirreno-Adriatico, World Cup in Switzerland and Giro d’Italia. You may also be interested in: