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 check following Friday’s seventh stage after displaying “a really gentle” fever throughout a routine examine, his Mitchelton-Scott workforce mentioned.
The remainder of the workforce subsequently underwent assessments and all members had been detrimental, with organisers RCS permitting the Australian outfit to proceed the race, Mitchelton-Scott mentioned.
“Yates developed very gentle signs within the hours following yesterday’s seventh stage. The Mitchelton-Scott medical workforce instantly requested a fast check which indicated a constructive consequence. A second, RT-PCR, check was later taken, which has confirmed the constructive consequence,” the workforce mentioned in a press release.
“The 28-year-old was remoted in his single room in the course of the course of and is being safely transported by organised ambulance for a interval of quarantine the place the workforce can provide its absolute best care. His signs stay very gentle.
“With the well being of workers and riders the very best precedence, the remaining Mitchelton-Scott riders and workers have additionally undergone a fast check, every returning a detrimental consequence. They’ve been given clearance by the RCS to proceed racing and, as a precaution, will endure additional testing within the coming days.”
Yates, who received the Tirreno-Adriatico stage race within the lead-up to the Giro, was twenty first general, 3:52 behind general 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 report 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 pressured 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” basic that was as a consequence of be raced on Oct. 25.
(Reporting by Julien Pretot in Paris; Modifying by William Mallard)