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Simon Yates out of the Giro d’Italia following positive Covid-19 test

All team-mates and staff members returned negative results

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) has been withdrawn from the Giro d’Italia following a positive Covid-19 test. The Briton – who had been sitting 21st overall after an underwhelming start to the race – was said by his team to have developed “very mild symptoms” in the hours after Stage 7. The rest of the team and support staff have since been tested but all returned negative results.

Yates had gone into the Giro as one of the favourites after winning Tirreno-Adriatico last month. However, he unexpectedly lost three minutes to his major rivals on the race’s first summit finish on Mount Etna on Stage 3.

After developing Covid-19 symptoms last night, the Mitchelton-SCOTT medical team requested a rapid test which came back positive. A second, RT-PCR, test was later taken, which confirmed the result.

“Simon displayed a very mild temperature on Friday evening during our routine temperature checks, which have been completed three times per day during the course of the Giro d’Italia,” said Dr Matteo Beltemacchi.

“Following the team’s RACESAFE COVID-19 policy, he was isolated in his room and we immediately requested a rapid test using the services offering by the RCS, which has returned positive.

“Simon’s health remains our main concern and, thankfully, his symptoms remain very mild and he is otherwise in good health. We want to thank the RCS for their support in arranging the quick testing and his transport.

“All other riders and staff have returned negative results and have been cleared to continue the race, but as a precautionary measure we will monitor the situation closely and undergo further testing in the coming days.”

Yates is being transported by ambulance for a period of quarantine. His symptoms remain very mild.

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Rick_Rude | 3 years ago

What's with these famous people. I've made no great attempts to avoid covid and have not caught covid. These people literally need to take extreme precautions for their livelihood and STILL GET COVID. 

Maybe all the village locals were right about cyclists huffing and puffing covid over people. 

number9dream replied to Rick_Rude | 3 years ago

I would say it's the other way round - have you seen the fans shouting in their faces on the climbs?

HarrogateSpa replied to Rick_Rude | 3 years ago

Well, in the UK there are nearly 14,000 new cases per day at the moment. Lucky you for not getting Coronavirus; I've also avoided it.

But it's not as though it's vanishingly rare, and probably the travel and hotels involved as a pro cyclist do you put you at risk.

bobbinogs replied to HarrogateSpa | 3 years ago

With the latest spikes, about 10% of the UK have/had the virus so, whilst it is still unusual to get it, it is not as exotically rare as many think.

Secret_squirrel | 3 years ago

Not turning out to be a great Giro for the Brits is it? 

Is there a plucky Irishman we can shamelessly adopt?   <-- Sarcasm BTW.

TBF this might be the last Giro where the term Brits has any meaning....

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