Jumbo-Visma is the second crew with pull out of the Giro d’Italia attributable to coronavirus.
The Dutch WorldTour squad has confirmed they won’t race stage 10 of the Giro after their chief Steven Kruijswijk examined optimistic for coronavirus.
Kruijswijk was one of two riders who has been forced to leave the race after returning a optimistic outcome for Covid-19 throughout testing on the primary relaxation day.
Michael Matthews (Sunweb) was the opposite rider and the Australian has additionally withdrawn.
Jumbo-Visma stated in an announcement: “Workforce Jumbo-Visma gained’t begin in right now’s tenth stage of the Giro d’Italia. Extra info will comply with.”
All riders and crew employees on the Giro d’Italia have been examined throughout the remainder day on Monday (October 12), with Kruijswijk, Matthews and 6 employees members testing optimistic.
Jumbo sports activities director Addy Engels stated: “In our opinion, it’s probably the most accountable determination with one optimistic case within the crew being Stevie. We’ve all been near him. And likewise seeking to what occurred to Mitchelton-Scott: began with one case, and now one other 4 within the final check yesterday. So we’ve determined to select the probably the most accountable determination when it comes to the well being of our riders and employees.”
Engels added: “It’s a giant factor to withdraw from a race anyway, and particularly from a race like this. In our opinion, it’s additionally within the curiosity of the race to do it like this, as a result of riders have been in contact with Stevie intently, in the event that they proceed, I feel for one weekend, that may be one other couple of positives.
“So I feel that is the most secure method not just for us as a crew, however I feel additionally for the bunch and for the continuation of the Giro.”
The crew have been knowledgeable of Kruijswijk’s optimistic late final night time and have been then knowledgeable the crew can be re-tested on Tuesday morning.
Workforce administration then had a name to determined whether or not to proceed with the race, with the opinions of riders and employees additionally taken under consideration, in response to Engels.
Mitchelton-Scott has additionally decided to withdraw their entire team from the race earlier than stage 10, after 4 of their staff have been recognized with coronavirus.
The crew had already misplaced their GC chief Simon Yates, who withdrew from the race after testing optimistic for coronavirus within the first week.