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Still no positive case!

ByRoborto Sykes

Nov 3, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic continues to leave the Vuelta 2020 alone. A week after the first wave of tests since Irun left on October 20, all of which were negative, all the members of the race bubble were again checked with Covid-19, Monday during the second day of rest of this Tour of Spain currently dominated by the Ecuadorian climber of the Ineos Grenadiers team Richard Carapaz for ten seconds ahead of his Slovenian runner-up Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma), already second in the Tour de France last September. And like last Monday, the organizers were able to breathe when they learned that this second session of tests, Monday in Galicia, had, like the first seven days earlier during the first day of rest, given to see only negative results. Whether among the riders or among the staff of the 22 competing teams, there is therefore still no positive case on the Vuelta. The race director, informed by the UCI, learned the good news on Tuesday morning at the dawn of the 13th stage, run in the form of an individual time trial of 33.7 km between Muros and Viewpoint of Ezaro.

On Monday, the racing bubble underwent its fourth round of tests

“In accordance with the La Vuelta 20 health protocol developed as part of the rules to be applied for the resumption of the road cycling season in the context of the coronavirus pandemic established by the International Cycling Union (UCI), all of the La Vuelta racing bubble was tested again on the occasion of the second day of rest (…) In total, all of the 681 tests carried out during the second day of rest (528 corresponding to the teams and the remains to people of the organization belonging to level 2 of the race bubble) have been negative for COVID-19, ”the UCI then said in a statement. Tested twice since they set off from the Basque Country on October 20, the runners (as well as the other members of the teams, including supervision) had already been tested twice before the Grand Départ: on D-Day and on D -2. Monday is therefore the fourth series of tests to which the concerned have complied. Still with no positive case. As long as it lasts.