No positive among the 512 tests performed in the race

The race organizer, RCS Sport, and the UCI decided to strengthen the protocol against the coronavirus by subjecting the participants to a rapid test.


Good news comes from Italy, or at least hopeful given the latest events. The serious situation that the Giro d'Italia is going through due to the coronavirus, which forced entire teams like Mitchelton and Jumbo to abandon, took the first step to calm down. RCS Sport, organizer of the event, and the International Cycling Union (UCI) decided to go a step beyond the protocol and subject the race participants to a rapid test between Thursday and Friday.

In total, 512 antigen tests were performed on runners and staff in the squad hotels, and none of them were positive. If it had, the contagion would have been confirmed through a PCR test. So the Giro calmly faced the time trial on Saturday and will do the same with the mountainous day on Sunday. Both days before the second break, which will be Monday, and in which the participants will again undergo a PCR test, as ordered by the protocol.

"In accordance with the UCI and with the Giro d'Italia teams, RCS Sport subjected runners and assistants to new antigenic controls in recent days, in order to reinforce the sanitary measures provided by UCI regulations, and in compliance of the containment measures dictated by the Ministry of Health of the Italian Republic. In the case of a positive result of the antigen test, the protocol requires that a PCR analysis be performed to validate the result. No runner and no member of the personnel tested positive. Following the UCI protocol, a new series of PCR control tests will be carried out on the second rest day of October 19, "read the joint statement from the company responsible for the Giro and the UCI, who seem to be breathing a little more to see that, for now, the spread of the virus in the Corsa Rosa is being contained.

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