Gaviria and a member of the AG2R test positive for coronavirus

The organization of the race and the UCI have announced these two positives in COVID-19 in the tests carried out this Monday to the cyclists and teams of the peloton.

The Giro d'Italia seems likely to end in Milan this Sunday after the results of the coronavirus tests that the race organization and the UCI have revealed this Tuesday through a joint statement.

In this writing they affirm that a total of 492 controls have been carried out with only two positive cases in coronavirus. They are a cyclist from UAE Emirates and a member of the AG2R-La Mondiale staff. Both are isolated to avoid contagion to more members of their teams.

The Emirates team confirmed minutes later that the cyclist who had tested positive was Fernando Gaviria, who will not start this Tuesday, and that he was already infected with coronavirus on the UAE Tour at the end of February. Through a statement, the UAE Emirates commented that Gaviria "has already been placed in isolation after knowing the results and is in good condition and asymptomatic" .

The safety of the Giro against the coronavirus had been questioned in recent days after the eight positive cases detected last Tuesday, which caused the abandonment of the Mitchelton-Scott and Jumbo-Visma races.

These infections also raised numerous criticisms in the peloton such as that of the Belgian Thomas de Gendt, who in statements to Sporza came to accuse the Giro of "hiding things" so that the race would reach Milan. Now, with the squad clean of the virus, the Giro focuses on another unknown on the way to Milan: whether the snow will stop celebrating the stages of the Alps in the Stelvio and Agnello as planned.

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