Richard Carapaz will join Team INEOS from the start of the 2020 season.
The reigning Giro d’Italia champion has agreed a three-year deal and will add to an increasingly strong contingent of young international talent on the team.
In winning the Giro earlier this year, the 26-year-old Ecuadorian became the first rider from his country to win a Grand Tour.
Carapaz said: “I am very excited about joining the team. I feel this is a great opportunity for me to continue my development and growth as a rider, working with a team that continues to go from strength-to-strength, year after year.
“I already know a lot of the riders on the team and I am really looking forward to working everyone at Team INEOS from next season.
“I believe I will fit into this group well and race to my full potential over the coming years. I want to achieve some great triumphs for Team INEOS.”
I am very excited about joining the team. I feel this is a great opportunity for me to continue my development and growth as a rider, working with a team that continues to go from strength-to-strength, year after year.
As well as his Giro d’Italia success, Carapaz – who becomes Team INEOS’ first signing of 2020 – also has three Giro stage victories to his name, and is a two-time winner of the Vuelta Asturias stage race (2018 & 2019).
Team INEOS Team Principal, Sir Dave Brailsford, welcomed the news of Carapaz’s arrival, commenting: “We are very pleased to have signed Richard from the start of the 2020 season. We have been long time admirers of his talents as a bike rider and have followed his development closely over a number of years, as we have always marked him out as a potential member of our Team.
“He is obviously a fantastic climber but also has great versatility as he showed at the Giro earlier this year. He is still relatively young and I have no doubt he can develop and improve even further at Team INEOS.”