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Evenepoel tests positive for COVID-19 and withdraws from the Giro d’Italia

Evenepoel tests positive for COVID-19 and withdraws from the Giro d'Italia

The script was perfect, as if it were one of the highest grossing movies in history. After the Cesena time trial, the longest of this Giro d’Italia with its 35 km, the first four classified in the general were in a handkerchief: 50 seconds. However, everything turned thriller…

“My nose is a bit stuffy. Since I am quite light and thin, the rainy conditions were not in my favor. I prefer hot and sunny days. I have to be careful not to get sick, ”Remco Evenepoel explained at the press conference after his victory, which earned him the lead again ahead of Geraint Thomas, Primoz Roglic and Tao Geoghegan Hart, a few words that were revealing, between the lines, a certain discomfort. After ten o’clock this Sunday night, the Pink Corsa was blown up: Evenepoel announced his abandonment after testing positive for COVID-19. A full-fledged stick for the race and fans, who see the duel between Remco and Roglic frustrated just before reaching the best stages of this edition, with that day on Swiss territory ending in Crans Montana, the demanding Monte Bondone, the queen stage in Tre Cime di Lavarero and the final fireworks with the unprecedented time trial Mount Lussari.

“I am very sorry to leave the race. As part of the team’s protocol, I took a routine test that unfortunately came back positive. My experience here has been really special and I was really looking forward to racing in the next two weeks. I cannot thank the staff and riders enough who sacrificed so much in preparation for the Giro. I will be cheering you on for the next two weeks, ”explained the Belgian in a brief statement issued by him and his team on social networks. Quick-Step reported that the rest of his teammates had tested negative, as well as the technical staff of the Belgian squad. Absolute cold water for a Remco who, after succeeding Philippe Gilbert as the previous Belgian cyclist who won two stages in the same edition of the Giro in 2015, will return home today by car, along with his wife and family, who had accompanied in the last days of the race. The decision draws attention, regardless of the team’s internal protocols, taking into account that this Monday is a rest day and, therefore, his state of health could have improved for days to come. Be that as it may, Evenepoel has already passed a Giro d’Italia where he has two retirements in as many participations.

And now that? In sports, the options of the rest of the applicants increase exponentially. Above all, of Ineos duo consisting of Thomas and a Tao Geoghegan who is showing an improved version of the one that led him to raise the no fine in 2020. The Welshman was 1 second behind Remco in the time trial and the Englishman 2, both improving Roglic’s performance, which would now leave ‘G’ the virtual leader with 2 seconds over the Slovenian, 5 over his teammate and 22 before a Joao Almeida who is still in the ointment. In extra-sports, uncertainty will increase every day. Yesterday, in addition to Evenepoel, Urán (EF Education) also withdrew due to a bloody COVID that already caused three Jumbo riders to drop, Ciccone (Trek) and, already in the race, also to Ganna (Ineos). No one is safe.

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