Tiesj Benoot is not going to be part of his Sunweb teammates on the beginning line of Gent-Wevelgem on Sunday after being confirmed as an in depth contact with Jan Bakelants (Circus-Wanty Gobert), who examined optimistic for COVID-19 on Friday.
The groups are presupposed to be remaining in protecting ‘bubbles’ throughout racing so as to stop infections, nonetheless, each riders had been in-person company on Sporza‘s tv present Additional Time Koers on Wednesday after racing within the Brabantse Pijl.
Sunweb made the announcement on Twitter on Saturday afternoon, saying “Tiesj is presently symptom free, feeling effectively and can go into quarantine earlier than having PCR assessments subsequent week”.
Benoot responded, writing, “Extraordinarily bizarre feeling to be not in a position to begin tomorrow, feeling completely wholesome and able to race. But when that is the sacrifice now we have to make, I feel it is the one proper one. Good luck to my teammates tomorrow!”
Bakelants examined destructive earlier than Brabantse Pijl however started exhibiting signs on Friday after returning house. He examined optimistic for COVID-19 and has been quarantined however the remainder of his workforce are making ready to race in Gent-Wevelgem.
The coronavirus pandemic first infiltrated skilled biking in February when a number of riders and workers on the UAE Tour examined optimistic for the virus. Fernando Gaviria and Max Richeze (UAE Group Emirates) had been amongst those that had been quarantined till their programs cleared the virus.
Strict measures of closing down sporting occasions together with professional biking, faculties, eating places, bars and theaters and implementing stay-at-home legal guidelines throughout Europe obtained the unfold of the virus beneath sufficient management for the street season to renew in July.
Nonetheless, with the reopening of many international locations and the worldwide journey resuming, the virus case numbers have risen dramatically over the previous month.
Whereas the Tour de France completed with solely race director Christian Prudhomme contracting the virus.
One rider from Astana fell unwell with COVID-19 after racing on the UCI Street World Championships in Imola, resulting in the workforce having to tug two of its riders from the Giro d’Italia.
The Giro d’Italia had its first case on Saturday when Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) started exhibiting signs and examined optimistic for COVID-19.
Rising case counts in Northern France and the Netherlands led to the cancellation of Paris-Roubaix and the Amstel Gold Race, which was as a consequence of happen at the moment.
Giro d’Italia director Mauro Vegni expressed issues about his race, saying “above all, the state of affairs worries me as a result of it implies that the extent of contagion is rising, and we nonetheless have two weeks of the Giro to go.”