“A last minute problem has arisen with cycling, a positive from a masseur, but I hope it does not affect the rest of the team,” the Spanish leader announced in statements to Radio Nacional de España.
The Spanish cycling delegation, who all reside outside the Olympic Village, both the runners and the members of the technical team, were pending for a few agonizing minutes about what the Japanese authorities could determine regarding the positive case.
The anticovid protocols in force during the Games recommend the isolation of “close contacts” with people who have tested positive, but if the five cyclists were negative in an emergency PCR, so they will be able to compete at dawn from this Friday to Saturday.
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The Organizing Committee of the Tokyo Olympic Games has confirmed to the Spanish Cycling Team that its athletes will be able to take part in online road events.
During today, July 23, it was notified that one of the members of the technical staff of the Spanish Cycling Team had tested positive for Covid-19. Complying with all the protocols and instructions issued by the Organizing Committee and the Government of Japan, this person is in isolation. With the exception of the national coach Pascual Momparler, who is considered close contact and will have to undergo new tests today, the rest of the technical staff, as well as all the cyclists, will be able to carry out their activity normally after having tested negative in PCR tests performed today.
Valverde is favorite
The Spanish team is made up of Valverde, Ion Izagirre, Gorka Izagirre, Omar Fraile and Jesús Herrada, and will face a route of 234 kilometers from the Musashinonomori Park in Tokyo to the foothills of Mount Fuji to finish in the international motor racing circuit located in the the mountain’s slope.
The route has five ascents and the last 30 kilometers that will be key, since they include the ascent to the Mikuni pass, an ascent of about 10 kilometers with ramps of between 10 and 15%. Among the favorites are the Slovenian Tadej Pogacar, the Belgian Wout van Aert, the Colombians Nairo Quintana and Rigoberto Urán, or the Ecuadorian Richard Carapaz.
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