“After the first round of molecular tests in Turin, a round of antigenic (rapid) swabs was completed this morning. [Tuesday], which were all negative and involved around 650 people: not only the athletes at the time, but all staff from the 23 teams, ”reported The Gazzetta dello Sport.There were a number of COVID-19 cases during last year’s delayed edition of the Giro d’Italia in October, which took place amid a second wave of the pandemic in Italy. One of this year’s favorites, Simon Yates, was among those who tested positive for COVID-19 during the race in 2020 and after four members of the Mitchelton-Scott team tested positive, his team also left the race. Jumbo-Visma also retired, with Steven Kruijswijk testing positive, as did Michael Matthews who was racing with Team Sunweb at the time.
“The Giro d’Italia 2021 in this direction has made an extra effort compared to last year, as it has increased the number of tests carried out during the 3 weeks (4 weekends) of competition,” the newspaper said. Italian, which is owned, like the Giro d’Italia, by RCS Media Group.
“In fact, on Saturday and Sunday there is another full set of antigenic swabs. In this way, a total of 2,600 tests will be achieved, in just over a week. “
The UCI medical protocol for 2021 states that all runners and staff, even those already vaccinated, must undergo regular PCR tests on rest days during Grand Totrs and follow social distancing rules and use protective masks.
The positioning of the feeding zones is not made public, party hugs are discouraged, riders don their own classification jerseys before stepping onto the podium and the start, finish and team bus zones are done. all part of the racing bubble area. RCS Sport racing personnel and UCI officials must also be checked regularly, while all other race participants must stay out of the race and team bubbles.
Crowds are allowed along the race route, with a third wave subsiding and Italy opening up, but masks and distances are mandatory outside.