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Yates withdrawn from Giro d’Italia following positive COVID-19 result

Sat 10 Oct 2020

Tirreno-Adriatico champion Simon Yates will not start the eighth stage of the Giro d’Italia today following a positive COVID-19 result.

Yates developed very mild symptoms in the hours following yesterday’s seventh stage. 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 28-year-old was isolated in his single room during the process and is being safely transported by organised ambulance for a period of quarantine where the team can offer its best possible care. His symptoms remain very mild.

With the health of staff and riders the highest priority, the remaining Mitchelton-SCOTT riders and staff have also undergone a rapid test, each returning a negative result. They have been given clearance by the RCS to continue racing and, as a precaution, will undergo further testing in the coming days.

Dr. Matteo Beltemacchi – Team Doctor:
“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.

“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.”

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