Giro alert: 8 positives and two teams drop out

The Italian race found eight positives for Covid. Jumbo (Kruijswijk, affected) and Mitchelton (four staff members) retire. Also Matthews (Sunweb).

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The Giro d'Italia, which is scheduled to resume this Tuesday with the 10th stage, has detected eight positive cases of coronavirus in the tests that were carried out on the peloton between Sunday afternoon and this Monday, rest day. Two of them are cyclists: the leader of the Jumbo, the Dutch Steven Kruijswijk, and Michale Matthews, of the Sunweb. In addition, four members of the Mitchelton staff, a team that already suffered the loss of Simon Yates for the same reason, also have the disease. The Australian team is forced to abandon the race by protocol and the Dutchman made the same decision. Cases have also been found in Ineos and Ag2r, in two staff members.

As it happened in the Tour, rest days are key to be able to check the whole peloton and the security of the 'bubble' of the organization to keep the race safe. But if in the French test the only cases occurred between the staff and the race director, in this Giro, the alerts were already on since Friday when Simon Yates, one of the favorites who had lost time in the first stages without apparent reason, had symptoms and was detected as positive. The Covid had reached the squad. His teammates, on the other hand, gave negative in the rapid tests provided by the organization and continued in the race. But the new check-up, in this case with PCR, did determine that four staff members were infected, so they must abandon the race as dictated by the health protocol dictated by the UCI.

Kruijswijk and goodbye to the Jumbo

But the Australian team was not the only one affected in the nine stages contested. Jumbo leader Steven Kruijswijk also reported a positive result and the team made the decision to leave the Giro. The Dutchman, who was 11th overall at 1:24 behind the pink jersey, has no symptoms and took the news as "a great disappointment". He even assured that he felt "fit." The rest of the members of the Dutch team had tested negative up to two times, as reported, but they made the decision not to continue in the race. A similar case lives on Sunweb, whose only case is that of Australian Michael Matthews, who is completely asymptomatic. In addition, a member of the Ag2r team and another from the Ineos, must also leave the caravan because they are infected.



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