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COVID-19 : Van der Poel and Alpecin-Fenix ​​leave after a positive

The success of the Alpecin-Fenix ​​this Sunday with the great victory of Mathieu Van der Poel in the first stage of the UAE Tour has turned into a nightmare this Monday before the start of the chrono of the second stage of the United Arab Emirates race.

The team itself issued a statement on Monday in which it announced its withdrawal from the race after a member of its staff tested positive for coronavirus in the tests he underwent this Sunday.

This is the statement full team

“The Alpecin-Fenix, according to the USE Tour organizers, have decided to withdraw their team from the race to safeguard the race bubble and ensure the continuation of the race.

The team has reported a positive for coronavirus from a staff member after the tests that were carried out this Sunday, February 21.

After receiving the results, the affected person was immediately placed in isolation and also all those who had contact with him, according to the measures and protocols established by the organizers and the health authorities of the United Arab Emirates. All team members will undergo further testing in the next few days and will remain in quarantine in the meantime. “