Mitchelton-SCOTT withdrew his entire team from the Giro d’Italia on Tuesday. The Australian team made that decision after four staff members tested positive for the corona virus.
Mitchelton-SCOTT leader Simon Yates already left the Tour of Italy on Saturday after a positive test. Since then, all members of his team have been tested every day and after two negative rounds of tests, that resulted in four new infections on Sunday evening.
In the Giro, the Tour de France rule does not apply that a team must leave in its entirety in two or more positive cases, but Mitchelton-SCOTT has decided not to leave anymore.
“We feel the responsibility towards our riders and staff, the peloton and the race organization to withdraw from the Giro”, says team manager Brent Copeland on the Mitchelton-SCOTT site. “Fortunately, the infected people have no or mild complaints, but the health of our riders and staff is our priority.”
Mitchelton-SCOTT still drove with the Australians Jack Haig, Lucas Hamilton, Michael Hepburn, Damien Howson and Cameron Meyer in the Giro. Hamilton was the highest ranked rider in fifteenth place.
During the test round on the first rest day of the Giro, Jumbo-Visma leader Steven Kruijswijk and a still unknown rider from Sunweb also received a positive result. The same goes for one staff member of both INEOS Grenadiers and AG2R La Mondiale.