News – AU – Van der Poel and Alpecin-Fenix are leaving the UAE tour due to a coronavirus case


‘ The well-being of everyone involved is our main concern, ‘says the team after the employees have tested positive

Mathieu van der Poel and his Alpecin-Fenix ​​team will not start the second stage of the UAE tour because an employee has returned a positive test for COVID-19

“We can confirm that we have withdrawn from the race. Further information will be announced shortly. The well-being of all involved is our main concern,” said a statement by Alpecin-Fenix ​​on Twitter

Van der Poel was the front runner overnight after winning the windswept opening phase on Sunday David Dekker (Jumbo-Visma) will inherit the lead for the second stage on Monday, a 13 km time trial on the island of Hudayriyat

RCS Sport, organizer of the UAE Tour, said the employee tested positive for coronavirus after a round of testing on Sunday evening, the Alpecin-Fenix ​​team has self-isolated and will undergo further tests in the coming days

“Alpecin-Fenix, in agreement with the organizer of the UAE Tour, decided to withdraw its team from the race in order to protect the racing bladder and to ensure the safe continuation of the race,” the statement said

“The team was informed about a positive result from an employee from the on Sunday evening, 21 February, informed round of testing carried out upon receipt of the results, the person was immediately isolated and any person who came into contact with that person is self-isolating in accordance with protocol measures established by the race organizers and the UAE health authorities

“All team members will conduct more testing in the coming days while staying in isolation”

Last year’s UAE tour was suspended two days before the finish line after cases of coronavirus were confirmed in the racing caravan, and four teams were quarantined in Abu Dhabi for many days afterwards

A protective bubble and repeated PCR testing have been introduced for this year’s event The driver and staff flew to the United Arab Emirates on two charter flights from Paris and Milan

The UCI confirmed the decision of Alpecin-Fenix ​​and the organization of the UAE Tour, adding that it was “taken in accordance with the applicable national health measures”

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Mathieu van der Poel, Alpecin-Fenix, United Arab Emirates, 2021

News – AU – Van der Poel and Alpecin-Fenix ​​are leaving the UAE tour due to a coronavirus- If