GIOVINAZZO, Italy (Reuters) – The Giro d’Italia was thrown into turmoil when Briton Simon Yates pulled out on Saturday after testing constructive for the brand new coronavirus one week into the three-week race.
Yates, one of many pre-race favourites, returned two constructive take a look at following Friday’s seventh stage after displaying “a really delicate” fever throughout a routine verify, his Mitchelton-Scott workforce stated.
The remainder of the workforce subsequently underwent assessments and all members had been destructive, with organisers RCS permitting the Australian outfit to proceed the race, Mitchelton-Scott stated.
“Yates developed very delicate signs within the hours following yesterday’s seventh stage. The Mitchelton-Scott medical workforce instantly requested a speedy take a look at which indicated a constructive outcome. A second, RT-PCR, take a look at was later taken, which has confirmed the constructive outcome,” the workforce stated in an announcement.
“The 28-year-old was remoted in his single room throughout the course of and is being safely transported by organised ambulance for a interval of quarantine the place the workforce can supply its very best care. His signs stay very delicate.
“With the well being of workers and riders the very best precedence, the remaining Mitchelton-Scott riders and workers have additionally undergone a speedy take a look at, every returning a destructive outcome. They’ve been given clearance by the RCS to proceed racing and, as a precaution, will bear additional testing within the coming days.”
Yates, who gained the Tirreno-Adriatico stage race within the lead-up to the Giro, was twenty first total, 3:52 behind total chief Joao Almeida of Portugal after shedding greater than three minutes within the first mountain stage.
Riders on the Giro keep in a biosecure bubble when not on the street, simply as they did on the Tour de France, which completed on Sept. 20. No riders examined constructive for the virus that causes COVID-19 whereas on the French tour.
On the Tour, two constructive assessments in a workforce inside one week would set off the ejection of the outfit from the race however no such rule was put in place on the Italian grand tour, which began from Sicily on Oct. 3.
Italy, which hosted the rescheduled world championships earlier this month, has seen a current rise in coronavirus instances, with a post-lockdown document 5,372 folks contaminated registered on Friday.
Elite racing resumed in August after a four-and-a-half month hiatus, however the current resurgence of COVID-19 in Europe has compelled native authorities and organisers to cancel races, such because the Netherlands’ Amstel Gold Race, which had been scheduled for Saturday, and Paris-Roubaix, the “Monument” traditional that was as a result of be raced on Oct. 25.
Reporting by Julien Pretot in Paris; Enhancing by William Mallard