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Tom Pidcock, left, will not take part – but Richard Carapaz, right, will lead the team

Britain’s Tom Pidcock will not feature in the Giro d’Italia after Ineos Grenadiers announced their line-up.

Ecuador’s Richard Carapaz, who won the race in 2019, leads the team, with young Briton Ben Tulett also involved.

Pidcock, 22, who signed a five-year contract last month, could instead take part in the Tour de France.

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“The team has shown already this year just how strong and competitive it can be,” said deputy team principal Rod Ellingworth.

He added: “The younger riders have stepped up and surpassed the mark we originally set for them, and it’s been energising for every member of the team.”

Ineos have won several early-season races in 2022, including the one-day ‘Monument’ Paris-Roubaix, thanks to Dylan van Baarle.

The team have a strong record in the three-week race – which begins in Budapest in Hungary on 5 May – with Colombian Egan Bernal winning in 2021 and Britain’s Tao Geoghegan Hart victorious the year before.

Bernal suffered serious injuries in a training crash in January and is only likely to compete late on this season, if at all.

Tulett, 20, will play a support role for his first Grand Tour, which has 21 stages, 18 of which will take place in Italy after the three-day start in Hungary.

SOURCE: BBC Sport – Cycling RSS   (go to source)
AUTHOR: By Matt Warwick
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