The coronavirus continues to hit cycling

The cases in Mathieu Van der Poel's St-Michel-Auber 93 and Alpecin-Fenix have once again highlighted the problem of the virus within the peloton.

The coronavirus pandemic continues to fully affect the cycling world with the recent cases that have taken place in the last hours on the Tour du Var and on the UAE Tour, where a series of positives have forced several teams to abandon the races.

The first of these events took place this Sunday on the Tour of the Alpes-Maritimes and Var, where the Saint-Michel-Auber 93 team did not start the last stage after it was known that a member of the team had tested positive in coronavirus in one of the previous tests to compete this week in the Faun-Ardeche Classic.

Without having recovered from this blow, the coronavirus hit the peloton again this Monday on the UAE Tour, the race in which the coronavirus reached the cycling world. This Monday, shortly before the start of the second stage chrono, Alpecin-Fenix, the team of race leader Mathieu Van der Poel, announced their withdrawal from the race after a member of the staff tested positive to which they were subjected this Sunday.

Despite the suspension of numerous races in this initial section of the season and the ban on the public in the Flanders Classics, the peloton still lives in fear of the threat of the coronavirus, while other teams such as UAE Emirates have decided to vaccinate all their members so that this threat is now part of the past and focus only on the sporting level of racing.

Van der Poel, waiting for the Het Nieuwsblad and the Kuurne

After the retirement of the Alpecin-Fenix, Mathieu Van der Poel is already looking to his debut in the classics this weekend at the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and the Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne. .. as long as it is negative in the tests prior to the dispute of the test.

At the moment Van der Poel has received good news this Tuesday and that is that the Dutch cyclist is one of the runners who has been able to return to the Netherlands after not being a close contact of the Alpecin-Fenix staff member who tested positive, so that he should not be in isolation and he will be able to take the start in the two Belgian classics.

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