Valdobbiadene (dpa) – The Giro d’Italia can initially continue as planned. Additional antigenic tests for the corona virus carried out on Thursday and Friday all came back negative.
The organizer of the Giro RCS announced on Saturday with the world association UCI. A total of 512 tests were performed. The next PCR tests are scheduled for the second day of rest Monday.
Prior to that, a dispute over the safety of pilots and crew members had arisen. The American EF Pro Cycling team had requested that the Giro end early on Sunday. It had been refused. During the week, it was learned that 17 motorcycle police officers assigned to the Giro-E electric bike race, which was taking place at the same time, had tested positive for the corona virus. The RCS organizer then assured that the officials were not deployed to the Giro.
In the first round of testing, there were a total of eight positive corona results across five teams, including Dutch driver Steven Kruijswijk. Then the Kruijswijk Jumbo-Visma team and the Australian team Mitchelton-Scott withdrew from the Giro.