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Geoffrey Bouchard and Vegard Stake Laengen won’t be on the startline for stage 8 of the Tour de France. The pair are the first riders out with COVID-19.

Ag2r-Citroën verified Saturday early morning Bouchard examined good for coronavirus following the phase Friday. He was promptly isolated from the crew bubble.

“Since the commence, the Ag2r-Citroën has carried out antigenic checks every single three times in addition to the exams carried out by the organizers of the Tour de France. The complete group – riders and staff members – underwent an antigen exam on Thursday evening or Friday early morning, which resulted in adverse checks for the entire team,” said team medic Dr. Serge Niamke.

Tadej Pogačar‘s UAE Emirates crew verified Stake Laengen would be stepping out soon afterward.

“Vegard analyzed damaging yesterday morning through the regime inside team screening protocol. But he described sore throat symptoms late previous night,” mentioned team staffer Dr. Adriano Rotunno.

“The COVID 19 antigen exam was beneficial, and the diagnosis was verified on PCR take a look at this early morning. As for every protocol, for his, the team, and the peloton’s security, he will be withdrawn from the race.”

Bouchard and Stake Laengen are the initially riders recognized to have contracted COVID given that the race rolled out of Copenhagen. Jumbo Visma and Rapid-Move Alpha Vinyl were being strike with scenarios in their staffing crew early in the Tour.

Stake Laengen’s optimistic check will strike a chill down Pogačar and UAE Emirates just after leading domestique Matteo Trentin analyzed constructive soon in advance of the grand départ.

Tour director Thierry Gouvenou reported organizers had been braced for the virus digging into the peloton.

“We noticed the figures [of infections] mounting in the course of France and we ended up put on pink notify for the duration of the Tour de Suisse when 40 riders had to pull out,” he informed AFP.

The Tour de Suisse final thirty day period saw a swath of riders occur down with COVID, and the UCI was rapid to roll out its up to date health and fitness insurance policies forward of the Tour. Most groups have absent around and beyond the minimum need.

“We have carried out a pretty rigorous protocol for months to promise the wellness of our riders and our management. I’m unfortunate for Geoffrey, who we have been counting on for the upcoming couple of times. The Tour is not over and we still hope to be at the entrance of the stages when we arrive in the mountains,” Ag2r manager Vincent Lavenau said.

Ag2r and UAE Emirates are the two down to seven.