Peter Sagan and two other Bora-hansgrohe riders test positive for Covid-19
Feb 07 2021 12:11 am CET

Peter Sagan and two other Bora-hansgrohe riders test positive for Covid-19
Peter Sagan and two other Bora-hansgrohe riders test positive for Covid-19

Bora-hansgrohe's Peter Sagan has tested positive for Covid-19 at the training camp part of the team is undergoing in Gran Canaria, Spain.

The German team has confirmed the result of the Covid-19 tests of the former world champion and has also indicated that Sagan's brother Juraj and Erik Baska are also infected with the virus. The three riders present mild symptoms and are in quarantine on the island.

"For a few weeks now, my brother Juraj, our teammate Erik Baska, and I have been training in Gran Canaria," said the Slovak rider. "On January 29th, we had a PCR test done in a local laboratory in order to be able to fly back home. Unfortunately, the results weren't what we would have hoped for and all three of us tested positive for Covid-19. We are all feeling well but, obviously, since that day, we have remained in quarantine.

"From the moment we received the positive test results, we have had the full support of the team and I'd like to thank our manager Ralph Denk and our medical department for this. Although we are thousands of kilometres away and in isolation, we always felt as if we were right next to them. We are kept under continuous remote supervision and will remain here for as long as required. Hopefully, our next test results will be negative so that we can resume our normal training schedule as soon as possible."

Ralph Denk, Team Manager of Bora-hansgrohe, explained the situation of the riders. "The timing is certainly not ideal, but then again, there is no good time to become ill with Covid," he said. "Peter was - and is - extremely motivated, and that's why he was already quite far along in his preparatory build up for the season. But the most important thing now is that all three are well and not displaying any severe symptoms.

"Our medical department is in very close contact with them, and the care that they are receiving is as optimal as is possible. What this means for the start of the season cannot yet be exactly known. First, all three must be fully healthy again and receive medical clearance, and then we can consider what the next steps will be."



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