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Alex Dowsett withdraws from Vuelta a Burgos due to teammate Covid-19 positive

Team take Dowsett from race before it begins as precaution

Joe Robinson
28 Jul 2020

Alex Dowsett withdrew from his first race back before it had even begun due to a teammate testing positive for coronavirus.

The British time-trial specialist was due to resume his cycling season at the Vuelta a Burgos in northern Spain on Tuesday 28th July.

However, after teammate Omer Goldstein tested positive for Covid-19, his Israel Start-Up Nation team took the decision to withdraw Dowsett and fellow rider Itamar Einhorn from the race.

Dowsett had not actually been in direct contact with Goldstein but his teammate Einhorn had. As a precaution, the team tested both Dowsett and Einhorn and a member of the team's staff.

As the results of the tests did not return before the first stage in Burgos began, both riders were pulled from proceedings.

Thankfully, however, the results have since returned negative leaving Dowsett disappointed not to be able to return to racing but happy with the swift decision made by the team.

'It’s a big disappointment that I did not take the start of Vuelta a Burgos. But even the tiny the risk of me returning a positive test for Covid – caused us to act responsibly and reassuringly for the whole peloton, so that everyone can put their mind at ease,' Dowsett wrote on social media.

'The team made the right decision to ensure that the bubble is absolutely secure. I completely support and respect the decision for my withdrawal from the race and I wish the guys the best of luck and hope to start racing again soon.

'Big thanks to the team, the race and UCI for the measures put in place to keep us all safe in these times.'

Stage 1 of the Vuelta a Burgos was eventually won by Bora-Hansgrohe's Felix Grossschartner after an attack in the race's final kilometre. 

The opening day was, however, marred by a bad crash that saw 20-year-old Gijs Leemreize of Jumbo-Visma reportedly lose a finger on his right hand.