Pogacar’s teammate tests positive as Covid hits Tour de France

Norwegian Vegard Risk Laengen took sick over night regardless of screening unfavorable on Thursday early morning

A colleague of the Scenic tour de France protecting champ Tadej Pogacar has actually examined favorable for Covid-19, and also the group currently encounter a worried 3 days to see if others on the group autumn ill.

The 33-year-old Norwegian Vegard Risk Laengen, commonly seen plucking the front of the UAE Group Emirates train in a headwind, took sick over night regardless of screening unfavorable on Thursday early morning.

” He reported signs of an aching throat late last evening,” claimed group medical professional Adriano Rotunno.

” The antigen examination declared and also it was validated by a PCR,” he claimed.

Rotunno revealed issue the infection might have spread out within the group.

” Our company believe he was contaminated by an outdoors resource, 3 to 5 day earlier, offering him time to contaminate various other employee,” he claimed outside the group bus at the beginning line Saturday.

However Rotunno likewise disclosed the severe steps the group have actually mosted likely to to avoid infection.

” All the bikers have their very own space, when generally they would certainly share. They likewise all have their very own masseur,” he claimed.

Laengen was taken out from the Scenic tour of Slovenia last month when his roomie Mikkel Bjerg examined favorable.

Simply in advance of the Scenic tour, Matteo Trentin, a vital participant of Pogacar’s group, likewise took out of the race with Covid.

Pogacar leads the race by 31sec from Jonas Vingegaard with Ineos cyclist Geraint Thomas 3rd, over a min behind, however there are 14 phases staying.

2nd instance

Laengen is the 2nd cyclist to be sent out residence adhering to AG2R’s news Saturday that their French cyclist Geoffrey Bouchard had actually likewise gotten Covid.

Experiencing throughout the 7th phase, the 30-year-old Scenic tour debutant undertook an antigen examination, which returned favorable.

Bouchard– King of the Hills in the 2019 Vuelta a Espana and also the 2021 Giro d’Italia– was right away separated from the remainder of the group whose examinations, consisting of that of his roomie Mikael Cherel, returned unfavorable.

” Throughout the phase, I did not really feel well,” claimed Bouchard.

” It’s a massive dissatisfaction since we were simply reaching my much-loved surface, the hills.

” It was my initial Scenic tour de France and also it’s depressing to finish it similar to this.”

AG2R informed AFP Saturday “the whole group returned unfavorable examinations on Thursday, we have actually been excellent in our screening.

” We had bikers take out of the Scenic tour of Switzerland at the end, however biking in its entirety has actually been excellent in experiencing the procedures.”

Scenic tour supervisor Thierry Gouvenou claimed organisers awaited such a possibility.

” We saw the numbers (of infections) climbing throughout France and also we were placed on red alert throughout the Scenic tour of Switzerland when 40 bikers needed to take out,” he claimed.

Six bikers needed to be changed before the begin of the Scenic tour de France as a result of checking favorable for Covid.

Backroom participants of the groups completing have actually needed to leave as a result of checking favorable with Quick-Step on their 3rd showing off supervisor given that it started in Copenhagen recently.

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