Bora-hansgrohe Team Manager: It is known that PCR tests have a certain rate of error
Aug 26 2020 05:05 am CET

Bora-hansgrohe Team Manager: It is known that PCR tests have a certain rate of error
Bora-hansgrohe Team Manager: It is known that PCR tests have a certain rate of error
Bora-hansgrohe

Bora-hansgrohe has acknowledged that one member of the team has received a false positive for Covid-19, which forced it to withdraw from the Bretagne Classic.

The German team announced early on the 25th of August that one of its rider had tested positive for Covid-19 test "result from the 3-day test after a negative 6-day test". This result pushed the team to withdraw from the WorldTour race, but later on it seemed like that test gave a false positive result which raised the alarms about the accuracy of the tests ahead of the Tour de France.

"It looks like my concerns are being confirmed," said Bora-hansgrohe team manager Ralph Denk. "It is known that PCR tests have a certain rate of error and thus produce false positive results. This in itself would not be a problem, if there were the possibility to check the results immediately in the case of a positive finding. In the anti-doping regulations, an A Sample and a B Sample are provided, precisely for this reason. If the A Sample is positive, the result is checked with the B Sample. In the UCI's current testing strategy, this verification is not present.

"Anti-doping labs are also accredited, which means that certain standards are set and checked. That would be one approach. A central lab or certain certified labs. We are talking about athletes who have prepared for a race for weeks or months and then might not be allowed to start the event due to a false finding. Today we withdrew our entire team from a WordTour race. It's all about points, but it's also about presence in the media, in other words, the advertising value upon which the commitments of our sponsors are based. Today, these benefits were unable to be gained. Of course, the health of everyone involved should and must always take priority, however, it is still unsatisfactory that consideration is not given to all other aspects. I think adjustments must be immediately made here. We also require certainty regarding testing procedures and strategy. If we don't have this, we will soon have serious issues, because who wants to invest in a lottery game as a serious company?"




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