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(Reuters) – 4 extra Soudal Fast-Step riders within the Giro d’Italia squad have examined optimistic for COVID-19 and can go away the race, the crew stated on Wednesday, three days after world champion Remco Evenepoel deserted the occasion.
Evenepoel was compelled to desert the Giro shortly after he regained the race lead with victory within the particular person time trial on Sunday, which gave Geraint Thomas the chief’s maglia rosa jersey.
An additional spherical of checks have been made on the riders and workers which confirmed Jan Hirt, Josef Cerny, Louis Vervaeke and Mattia Cattaneo had contracted COVID.
“After the optimistic (take a look at consequence) of Remco on Sunday night, we had two extra riders who have been feeling unwell on Monday morning, however have been detrimental on antigen checks,” crew physician Toon Cruyt stated in an announcement.
“Subsequently a PCR take a look at was carried out on the seven remaining riders, the outcomes of which confirmed that the 4 guys have been optimistic. We are going to proceed to observe and implement our testing protocol on the three riders and workers that stay on the race.”
Stage 11 of the Giro on Wednesday is a 219-km experience from Camaiore to Tortona.
(Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Enhancing by Christian Radnedge)