Hecatomb at the Tour de Suisse: three teams withdraw due to Covid-19 cases, leader Aleksandr Vlasov also gives up

Hecatomb at the Tour de Suisse: three teams withdraw due to Covid-19 cases, leader Aleksandr Vlasov also gives up

The Alpecin-Fenix ​​and Bahrain Victorious teams announced on Friday morning that they were withdrawing from the Tour de Suisse due to cases of coronavirus. Bahrain Victorious also had to withdraw due to covid cases, without specifying the number of people affected. The BORA-hansgrohe team also announced on Friday morning that the Russian Aleksandr Vlasov, leader of the general classification, and the German Anton Palzer, positive for the coronavirus, were also to leave the race.

Also on Friday morning, Jonathan Vaughters, sports director of the EF Education-EasyPost team, announced, without mentioning their names, that four runners from the American team had also been affected by the coronavirus and forced to retire. It is for the same reasons that the Swiss Marc Hirschi (UAE Team Emirates) had to leave the Tour de Suise. Swiss Joel Suter, who shared Hirschi’s room, tested negative but also left the race as a precaution.

On Thursday, the Jumbo-Visma team, affected by Covid-19, had already withdrawn from the Tour de Suisse.

The carnage continues: UAE Team Emirates also leaves the event

The UAE Team Emirates formation announced Friday morning that it was withdrawing from the event. This decision was taken after Italian Diego Ulissi tested positive for Covid-19. Earlier in the day, the UAE team had already announced for the same reasons the abandonment of the Swiss Marc Hirshi, and his compatriot Joel Suter, who shared his room. The latter tested negative but also left the race as a precaution.

Israel-Premier Tech, for its part, indicated that the Australian Sebastian Berwick, positive for the coronavirus, also had to pack up, as did the Swiss Reto Hollenstein, negative but withdrawn from the test because he shared the same room as Berwick. .

On Thursday, the Jumbo-Visma team, affected by Covid-19, had already withdrawn from the Tour de Suisse.

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