Irish riders to be tested for virus as UAE Tour off

29 Février, 2020, 01:53 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • For Chris Froome the UAE Tour was his first race since last June.

Abu Dhabi: The Abu Dhabi Sports Council has cancelled the remaining rounds of the 2020 UAE Tour after two participants tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

It comes after two Italian participants on the UAE Tour were confirmed to have it.

Following the news from Abu Dhabi, the Danish track team made the decision to confine Morkov to his hotel room, where he would be tested, although he has shown no coronavirus symptoms.

The Council did not identity who had tested positive but said all race participants, including support staff, will be screed for the virus.

"I hope those affected make a speedy recovery and there aren't any further cases", he added.

A team spokesman said: 'He is in good spirits and doing fine, but he's exhausted of this situation that he has to be in the hotel'.

"I fall asleep like each evening and any individual knocked on my door in the midst of the evening and mentioned that the race is canceled", he mentioned.

Other people who also interacted with the two Italians on Yas island have been isolated at home, the agency said, citing the health department of Abu Dhabi, the UAE capital.

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The reporter is staying at a media hotel placed under lockdown in Abu Dhabi, with participating teams of the UAE Tour placed under quarantine in neighbouring accommodations.

"Riders and staff remain in the hotel and will be tested shortly, with their health taking priority", Mitchelton-Scott said.

British Cycling is liaising with the UCI's medical team on the situation.

Italy is the country outside of Asia with the most confirmed cases of coronavirus - at least 655 - and 17 people have died.

The riders had earlier finished the fifth and decisive stage of the race, where the overall results are now likely to stand after the final two stages were called off. Bahrain reporting three new cases - all Bahraini women returning from Iran - pushing the total to 36.

The United Arab Emirates is "well prepared and equipped for the worst case scenarios" as the coronavirus spreads in Middle East, an official from the UAE National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority told reporters.

Shane Archbold in action during stage five of the UAE Tour.

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