Friday 30 October 2020

Dutch cycling team Jumbo-Visma quits Giro d’Italia after positive Covid test

Steven Kruijswijk crosses the line during the 9th stage. Photo: Dario Belingheri/AFP

Dutch cycling team Jumbo-Visma has reportedly withdrawn from the Giro d’Italia cycling race after rider Steven Kruijswijk tested positive for coronavirus.

Although the other members of the team tested negative twice and would be allowed to continue, they have now decided to pull out, the Telegraaf reported.

‘We are being responsible,’ team leader Addy Engels told the paper. ‘We have all been in contact with Steven and given the developments with Mitchelton-Scott, this is the sensible thing to do. Our riders could infect others.’

Canadian team Mitchelton-Scott pulled out earlier on Tuesday after four more members tested positive. Their team leader Simon Yates was forced to leave the race after a positive test three days ago.

The Jumbo-Visma decision to leave the race has not been formally announced on the team website, which states simply that the squad will not start in today’s tenth stage of the Giro d’Italia and that more information will follow.

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