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Covid-19 positive sees Bora-Hansgrohe pull out of Bretagne Classic

Team Ineos and Jumbo-Visma reportedly handed €50,000 fines for not racing WorldTour event

Joe Robinson
25 Aug 2020

Bora-Hansgrohe have pulled out of today's Bretagne Classic following a positive Covid-19 test while Jumbo-Visma and Team Ineos have reportedly been fined €50,000 each for not fielding teams.

The French one-day WorldTour classic takes place on Tuesday in the northwestern region of Britanny, however German team Bora-Hansgrohe have withdrawn after 'one of the team’s riders received a positive result from the three-day test after a negative six-day test.'

'We received the positive result this morning and reacted immediately. The team cannot participate in the race,' Jan-Niklas Droste of Bora-Hansgrohe's medical team said in a statement.

'All team members who have been in direct contact with the rider will go into self-isolation according to official regulations. The affected rider is asymptomatic and displays no signs of illness.'

The team did not confirm which rider tested positive for the virus but the seven riders who were on the official team list were: Cesare Benedetti, Marcus Burghardt, Jempy Drucker, Patrick Gamper, Oscar Gatto, Jay McCarthy and Ide Schelling.

Meanwhile, neither Jumbo-Visma nor Team Ineos will start the Bretagne Classic, which has reportedly landed the teams with a €50,000 fine, according to Dutch website Wielerflits.

UCI regulations stipulate that all WorldTour teams have to take part in WorldTour events and if they are absent, they will be fined.

It is also believed that both teams were happy to accept the fines and this comes as no coincidence considering Jumbo-Visma and Team Ineos are the favourite teams heading into the Tour de France, starting this Saturday in Nice.

The latest positive test and withdrawal of Bora-Hansgrohe from the Bretagne Classic show how precariously balanced the racing season remains.

Last week, American Larry Warbasse returned a positive test for Covid-19 despite being symptom-free. This saw him along with some of his AG2R-La Mondiale teammates and staff members pull out of competition as a precautionary measure.