Michael Matthews says it’s a disgrace to be out of the Giro d’Italia after a false optimistic Covid-19 consequence however is in the end comfortable to be wholesome and never have contracted the virus.
“On the primary relaxation day of the Giro I examined optimistic and the identical day I used to be taken off the race. The subsequent morning I took one other check and it turned out destructive. That was excellent news. On Wednesday I received one other PCR check and it was additionally destructive. After all, I’m very proud of that,” Matthews mentioned in a video message posted on his Instagram.
“However most significantly I’m wholesome, identical to my workforce and the peloton round me – as a result of all exams got here out destructive. On the one hand, it’s a disgrace to be out of the sport however I’m comfortable that I’m match and wholesome and that I would not have Covid-19. On Monday, I’ll endure one other check. So hopefully it’s also destructive and I’m 110 % corona free.”
These further destructive outcomes, whereas irritating for Matthews, will probably be welcomed by his team-mate Wilco Kelderman, who presently sits second place on GC, 40 seconds down on race chief João Almeida (Deceuninck – Fast-Step).
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“They’re doing very effectively. We rode very effectively till the remaining day. Since then they’ve continued their combat for the pink,” Matthews added.
In the meantime, Sunweb’s Tiesj Benoot was pressured to skip Gent-Wevelgem after he had sat on the identical dinner desk as fellow professional rider Jan Bakelants, who’s season ended prematurely after he examined optimistic for the coronavirus final week.
“They regarded it as a ‘optimistic contact’. You may talk about this, however in line with the protocol of the UCI and the groups, the workforce made the one proper determination,” Benoot informed Het Laatste Nieuws. “I watched Gent-Wevelgem on TV. Good to see, however I’d have most well-liked to race it myself. Particularly because it was one of many hardest finals in years.
“Anyway, it occurred and I can’t do something about it anymore.”
As a substitute, Benoot will flip his consideration to the Tour of Flanders, the place he has recorded three prime 10 finishes beforehand.
“I really feel prepared. You’ve Van Aert and Van der Poel. Beneath that may be a giant group of 15, 20 riders who’ve an opportunity. I embrace myself in that,” Benoot mentioned.