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Tour de France champion Tadej Pogacar and the entire United Arab Emirates cycling team have been vaccinated against Covid-19, the team announced on Friday.
A bike tour last February in the UAE was the first high-profile sporting event to be hit by Covid, with members of the UAE team among those infected.
“We are the first team to receive the vaccine,” the team said after receiving the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Sinopharm CNBG.
A total of 27 runners and 32 staff were vaccinated in Abu Dhabi. The entire masked team posed under a banner entitled “Towards a world without Covid” after the inoculations.
“We are extremely proud of the efforts the nation and its leaders have made at all levels to both combat the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and to be a leader in efforts to bring life back to normal, ”Mauro Gianetti, team manager told me.
“The whole team is thrilled to have had the opportunity to protect themselves and others by taking the vaccine,” he said as the team launched their slogan “Racing to bring life to life” .
The third edition of this year’s UAE Tour will take place from February 21 to 27.
British cyclist Adam Yates won the last edition ahead of Slovenian Pogacar after the race was called off two days before the scheduled finish due to Covid-19 issues.
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