Covid-19 drama unfolds in Giro d'Italia: 8 people test positive and two teams withdraw
Oct 13 2020 06:14 pm CET

Covid-19 drama unfolds in Giro d'Italia: 8 people test positive and two teams withdraw
Covid-19 drama unfolds in Giro d'Italia: 8 people test positive and two teams withdraw
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Covid-19 has shaken up the Giro d'Italia after the first rest day as 14 members of the race, including riders and staff, has tested positive for the virus.

The organisation of the Giro d'Italia and the UCI have announced that two riders -one of Sunweb and one of Jumbo-Visma- as well as six staff members -four from Mitchelton-Scott, one of AG2R La Mondiale and one of Ineos Grenadiers- returned positive results for Covid-19 after the tests that were performed on the rest day.

The rider of Jumbo-Visma that tested positive was Steven Kruisjwijk, who was currently in the 11th position of the General Classification at one minute and 24 seconds from the leader of the standings, Joao Almeida, and the entire team is withdrawing from the race. "Within the team we take a lot of measures to avoid contamination," said the Dutchman. "And I just feel fit. I can’t believe I got it. It is a very big disappointment to get this news. It is a pity that I have to leave the Giro this way."

In Sunweb, sprinter Michael Matthews is out of the race after he also returned a positive test for the virus, while the rest of the riders and staff tested negative -including Wilco Kelderman, who is currently in the second GC position. "The team will continue to closely monitor all within their bubble, operating with as much discipline as possible, doing the maximum it can," said the team through a statement.

After Simon Yates had to retire after contracting the virus on the first week of the Italian grand tour, four staff members of Mitchelton-Scott have also tested positive and the entire formation has to be out of the race. "Upon receiving the results, Mitchelton-Scott immediately withdrew its team from the race and will focus on the health of its riders and staff and their safe movement to areas of quarantine," said the Australian team in a statement.




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