The coronavirus pandemic continues to fully affect the cycling world with the recent cases that have taken place in the last hours on the Tour du Var and on the UAE Tour, where a series of positives have forced several teams to abandon the races.
The first of these events took place this Sunday at the Tour of the Alpes-Maritimes and Var, where the Saint-Michel-Auber 93 team did not start the last stage after it was known that a team member had tested positive in coronavirus in one of the previous tests to compete this week in the Faun-Ardeche Classic.
Without having recovered from this blow, the coronavirus hit the platoon again this Monday in the UAE Tour, the race in which the coronavirus reached the cycling world. This Monday, shortly before the start of the second stage chrono, Alpecin-Fenix, the team of race leader Mathieu Van der Poel, announced their withdrawal from the race after a staff member tested positive. in the tests they underwent this Sunday.
Despite the suspension of numerous races in this initial section of the season and the ban on the public in the Flanders Classics, The platoon still lives in fear of the threat of the coronavirus, while other teams such as UAE Emirates have decided to vaccinate all their members so that this threat is now part of the past and focus only on the sporting level of racing.
Van der Poel, waiting for the Het Nieuwsblad and the Kuurne
After the withdrawal of the Alpecin-Fenix, Mathieu Van der Poel is already looking at his debut in the classics this weekend at the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and the Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne … as long as he tests negative in the previous tests to the dispute of the test.
At the moment Van der Poel has received good news this Tuesday and that is the Dutch cyclist is one of the riders who has been able to return to the Netherlands after not being in close contact with the Alpecin-Fenix staff member who tested positive, so you should not be in isolation and you can take the start in the two Belgian classics.