Ineos withdraw from Italian Nationals after positive COVID-19 test

Ineos withdraw from Italian Nationals after positive COVID-19 test

Team Ineos withdrew its squad from the Italian National Championship as a precaution after one of its riders tested positive for the new coronavirus, the British cycling team said on Saturday.

FILE PHOTO: Tour de France - The 185-km Stage 15 from Limoux to Foix Prat d'Albis
FILE PHOTO: Cycling - Tour de France - The 185-km Stage 15 from Limoux to Foix Prat d'Albis - July 21, 2019 - Team INEOS rider Egan Bernal of Colombia, wearing the white jersey for best young rider, in action in the peloton. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann/File Photo

REUTERS: Team Ineos withdrew its squad from the Italian National Championship as a precaution after one of its riders tested positive for the new coronavirus, the British cycling team said on Saturday.

Ineos said in a statement that Leonardo Basso, 26, had tested positive on Saturday and showed no symptoms of COVID-19.

Filippo Ganna, Salvatore Puccio and Gianni Moscon, who went on training rides with Basso, will also self-isolate for two weeks, as will four staff members who are considered secondary contacts, Ineos said.

"Although they have been in contact with the riders wearing masks, observing social distancing and other protocols, the Team believes this to be a prudent precaution," Ineos said.

"We will also support Leo with any contact tracing with any friends and family as appropriate over the coming period."

None of the four are part of Ineos's squad for the Tour de France, which begins on Aug. 29 in Nice. Four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome and 2018 winner Geraint Thomas were also omitted from the team's squad for the 2020 edition.

(Reporting by Arvind Sriram in Bengaluru; Editing by William Mallard)

Source: Reuters

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