(Reuters) – Joao Almeida of UAE Team Emirates has withdrawn from the Giro d’Italia after testing positive for COVID-19, his crew introduced on Thursday.
The Portuguese rider was fourth within the common classification after dropping greater than a minute to maglia rosa holder Richard Carapaz of Ineos Grenadiers in Wednesday’s mountainous stage 17.
“Almeida awoke final night time from persistent ache in his throat and the take a look at gave a positive end result,” UAE Team Emirates’ physician Michele De Grandi stated in a press release.
“We observe strict guidelines of prevention and, along with sanitising the environments which the crew makes use of every day (automobiles, buses, lodge rooms, and so on.), we preserve the athletes themselves in single rooms with the intention to restrict very shut contacts.
“However, regardless of these precautions they clearly don’t present 100% shelter as we’ve got seen.”
The crew stated all the opposite members, workers and riders had examined adverse.
Team principal Mauro Gianetti added: “We’re clearly deeply upset as a result of Joao and the supporting crew have been doing a wonderful race. Our targets have been the rostrum and the white jersey as greatest younger rider. We have been preventing to win them each.
“It is dangerous information, however that is the fact we’ve got been dwelling every single day for two years.”
(Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris)