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Simon Yates out of Giro d'Italia after positive Covid-19 test

Jack Elton-Walters
10 Oct 2020

Simon Yates has looked out of sorts for a few days and this positive test for coronavirus might explain why

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) did not take the start of Stage 8 at the Giro d'Italia after returning a positive test for Covid-19.

According to a statement released by his team, Yates developed minor symptoms in the hours following Friday's Stage 7.

'The Mitchelton-Scott medical team immediately requested a rapid test, which indicated a positive result. A second, RT-PCR, test was later taken, which has confirmed the positive result,' the team explained.

Yates has now been isolated from the rest of the team and transported away from the race 'for a period of quarantine where the team can offer its best possible care. His symptoms remain very mild', the statement added.

With teams operating in bubbles, there was a chance that the coronavirus could have spread among the other riders and staff. However, Mitchelton-Scott explained that all other riders and staff returned negative results for their rapid tests, and Giro organiser RCS cleared their continued presence at the race.

'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 team doctor 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.'