After the Mitchleton-Scott training, it is Steven Kruijswijk’s Jumbo-Visma who are forced to leave the Giro because of the Covid-19.
The Jumbo-Visma team announced its withdrawal from the Tour of Italy, before the start of the 10th stage on Tuesday in Lanciano, while its leader Steven Kruijswijk, 3rd in the Tour de France 2019, was diagnosed positive for Covid-19. The Dutch training has not yet announced other contaminations among its ranks. She indicates that she will communicate her motivations in the coming hours.
Jumbo-Visma is the second team, after Mitchelton, to announce their withdrawal from the Giro. The Australian training deplores several cases of Covid-19 detected at Simon Yates then members of his management. “It is our responsibility towards our riders, our staff, the peloton and the organizers to withdraw from the Giro d’Italia”, wrote Brent Copeland, the general manager, in a statement.
Of the 571 tests carried out on Sunday and Monday among 22 teams, eight were positive. Two runners and six staff members are concerned. Dutch team Jumbo-Visma immediately confirmed that their rider Steven Kruijswijk, 11th in the general classification so far, was part of it. Australian training Mitchelton-Scott has withdrawn from the race following the announcement of four other positive cases in its management after that of Simon Yates. The other rider is Australian Michael Matthews from Sunweb roster. And the last two cases concern a member of the AG2R La Mondiale team and another of the Ineos Grenadiers formation.
“We take a lot of measures within the team to avoid contamination, said Kruijswijk (33). I can’t believe I have it. I just feel good. It’s a huge disappointment, ”added the Dutchman, who finished the 2016 Giro just off the podium (4th) after having long been a winner.
Michael Matthews (30) was also placed in quarantine, his team Sunweb announced, adding that the Australian, winner of two Giro stages in the past, “is currently asymptomatic”. At this point, no other team member is showing symptoms of Covid-19, ”added Sunweb. Twenty teams therefore remain in the race in the Giro which is approaching halfway and is due to end on October 25 in Milan.