Vuelta a Burgos Colombian Trio Out After Contact With Person With Coronavirus

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Vuelta a Burgos Colombian Trio Out After Contact With Person With Coronavirus

Three more riders have been withdrawn from the Vuelta a Burgos in Spain after coming into contact with a person who later tested positive for coronavirus.

Colombians Sebastian Molano, Cristian Munoz and Camilo Ardila from UAE Team Emirates did not start stage two.

Their team-mate Fernando Gaviria won the Castrojeriz to Villadeigo stage after a bunch sprint at the finish.

Colombian Gaviria has himself recovered from Covid 19, after contracting it during the UAE Tour in March.

The Vuelta a Burgos is the first major stage race to take place since March.

Britain’s Mark Cavendish and Simon Yates feature in the strong field.

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On Tuesday, British time trial champion Alex Dowsett and Itamar Einhorn withdrew after their Israel Start Up Nation team-mate Omer Goldstein returned a positive test.

The three Colombian riders were in contact with someone outside the race on Saturday who subsequently tested positive.

They all returned two negative tests prior to the race, which started on Tuesday.

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In line with team and UCI protocols, the riders will now isolate and undergo a further test on Wednesday.

Dowsett, who rides for Israel Start Up Nation, withdrew before the race began on Tuesday as a precaution – but an initial test has come back negative.

In an eventful first day of World Tour cycling’s return to racing, Gijs Leemreize of Jumbo-Visma lost the tip of his finger in a crash.

Bora-Hansgrohe’s Felix Grossschartner won the first stage.

Leemreize, 20, has since had surgery to have the tip of his finger reattached by a plastic surgeon following the crash in the 158-kilometre stage from Catedral de Burgos to Mirador del Castillo in the north of Spain near Zaragoza.

The injury comes just a year after Jumbo-Visma rider Wout van Aert suffered serious damage to his leg after crashing into a barrier during a time trial.

Vuelta a Burgos Colombian Trio Out After Contact With Person With Coronavirus

 

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