512 riders and crew employees have examined unfavourable after Giro d’Italia race organisers launched an extra coroanvirus examine earlier than the stage 14 particular person time trial.
Questions had been raised of whether or not the Italian Grand Tour would make it to its Milan end after two groups pulled out following their GC contenders testing optimistic.
Mitchelton-Scott had 4 members of crew employees check optimistic on the primary relaxation day after Simon Yates had withdrawn, the Brit having examined optimistic days earlier than. In the meantime, Jumbo-Visma solely had one optimistic albeit their crew chief Steven Kruijswijk, subsequently deciding to go away the race to be able to shield the well being of their riders and employees.
Race director Mauro Vegni had advised Italian broadcaster RAI he wished the race to succeed in Milan nearly “at any value” on stage 10 earlier than the uncertainty across the race solely continued to extend. On stage 12, 17 law enforcement officials engaged on the Giro-E, an e-bike sportive that accompanies the Giro, examined optimistic for the virus, with concern rising of the race’s capability to keep up a ‘bubble’ round riders and crew employees.
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“I’d say at any value, excluding any main or medical issues. We knew holding the Giro in October was problematic, we’re doing all we are able to to make it to Milan with all of the doubts and challenges,” Vegni mentioned.
With the following PCR check scheduled for the second relaxation day on October 19, organisers RCS Sport launched an extra antigen management to dampen fears the scenario was starting to get away from them, with EF Professional Biking having written to the UCI to ask them to cease the Giro on the upcoming second relaxation day.
“RCS has launched extra saliva antigen controls on the Giro d’Italia, in settlement with the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and the groups, to strengthen the well being measures offered for within the UCI protocol in compliance with the measures of the Ministry of Well being of Italy,” the UCI assertion learn. “Within the occasion of a optimistic salivary check outcome, a PCR check is carried out to validate the outcome.”
The peloton will now tackle the stage 14 particular person time trial adopted by the mountainous stage 15 that includes a primary class summit end. Then, riders and crew employees will bear their second PCR check earlier than the ultimate week of racing.