Team Sunweb staff member tests positive for Covid-19
Aug 04 2020 04:14 am CET

Team Sunweb staff member tests positive for Covid-19
Team Sunweb staff member tests positive for Covid-19
Team Sunweb © Team Sunweb | Patrick Brunt

Team Sunweb has announced that one of its staff members has tested positive for Covid-19.

The staff member was set to go to the Tour de l'Ain later in the week but the PCR test showed a positive result. "It is important for us to directly highlight that he has not been in contact with any other team members in recent months and is now isolating at his home," said a statement from the team.

"Although he was ill, he showed no COVID-specific symptoms and did not qualify for regular testing outside of these cycling-specific protocols. Our medical team will continue to monitor the situation and determine when he can return to competitions or team camps."

In order to participate in races, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has come with a series of protocols to protect everybody involved, and Sunweb has taken additional measures. "Although the UCI call for one test, three days ahead of non-WorldTour and non-ProSeries races, we are in favour of maintaining the same testing requirements that are in place for WorldTour races," the statement continued. "We have and will continue to operate with two PCR tests – at six days and three days before the race start – to keep our bubble safe.

"With this intensive testing, we are doing all that we can to keep the peloton bubble as free as possible from COVID-19. We share this information externally to avoid inaccurate stories and maintain transparency in relation to the sensitivity of the subject in the current climate. All content within this message has been approved by the colleague in question, and we wish him the best as he recovers."
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