Giro d’Italia: Simon Yates out of the race with Covid-19

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Simon Yates was in 21st position, almost four minutes behind leader Joao Almeida

Briton Simon Yates is out of the Giro d’Italia after testing positive for the coronavirus.

The champion Tirreno-Adriatico will not take the start of the eighth stage of the Grand Tour on Saturday.

Yates, 28, was tested after “developing very mild symptoms” after the seventh stage on Friday, his team Mitchelton-Scott said.

Team staff and runners also underwent rapid tests and were allowed to continue racing.

Yates, however, will remain in quarantine “where the team can provide the best possible care,” Mitchelton-Scott added.

“Simon’s health remains our main concern and fortunately his symptoms remain very mild and he is otherwise in good health,” said team doctor Matteo Beltemacchi.

Yates was 21st in the race, three minutes 52 seconds behind the leader, Joao Almeida du Portugal.

Analysis

Matt Warwick, BBC Sport

Winning the Giro d’Italia was supposed to be a snap for a British rider. Getting into the Race Yates’ form looked slightly better than Geraint Thomas of Ineos Grenadiers.

From a sporting point of view, it’s an absolute disaster for this tight-knit Australian team Mitchelton-Scott whose main goal this year was to win the Giro. And although Yates’ symptoms are mild, he is the first runner to contract coronavirus during a Grand Tour.

For the organizers of the Giro, RCS, this is an unwanted milestone and a warning. They took a similar approach to Tour de France organizers ASO – testing riders and staff before the race and on rest days. But, while the Tour has been considered a success, it is proof that the ‘bubble’ is not waterproof – and that Covid-19 has entered the peloton.

As Yates team boss Matt White said ahead of the start of this hastily revamped road cycling season: “You’ve got to have your head in the clouds if you think we’ll get through this. next period of three and a half months. without scot. ”

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