Published on June 16, 2022 at 1:07 p.m. – updated on June 16, 2022 at 1:10 p.m.
Impacted by cases of Covid-19 within its ranks, the Jumbo-Visma team withdrew this Thursday morning from the Tour de Suisse before the start of the 5th stage. During the Tour of Italy 2020, like this season during the Tour of Valencia, the Dutch had already thrown in the towel for the same reasons. Also tested positive, Adam Yates (Ineos Grenadiers) also left the event on Thursday.
The Tour of Switzerland is already over for Jumbo-Visma as for Adam Yates, the British leader of the Ineos Grenadiers team and announced leader of the formation during the next Tour de France. Halfway through, the Dutch side as Yates were forced to withdraw. Before the start of the 5th stage, this Thursday between Ambri and Novazzano, the Yellow and Black announced in a press release that several positive cases of Covid-19 had been noted within the workforce. The team therefore had no other solution than to throw in the towel. Jumbo-Visma, which had lined up Rohan Dennis, Robert Gesink, Pascal Eenkhoorn, Sepp Kuss, Sam Oomen, Timo Roosen and Mike Teunissen at the start of this Tour de Suisse, however not give the names of the riders concerned directly. “We will not reveal who has been infected with Covid, and for the moment, the situation has no consequences on our pre-selection for the Tour de France, we will wait to see what will happen in the next few days”, announced the formation of Sepp Kuss, who appeared in 7th place in the general classification ten seconds behind the British leader Stephen Williams (Bahrain-Victorious) at the dawn of this 5th stage which the Dutch will therefore not compete in , nor did Yates, who was suffering from mild symptoms, his team announced in a statement.
The third time already for Jumbo-Visma
Team Jumbo-Visma will not appear at the start of the fifth stage of the Tour de Suisse today.
Despite all precautions, corona has crept into the team again.
— Team Jumbo-Visma cycling (@JumboVismaRoad) June 16, 2022
Jumbo-Visma also clarified that it continued to “carry out daily tests on riders and staff members so that a positive case can be isolated as quickly as possible” and that “the use of masks , air purification columns and individual chambers is still a common practice within the formation”. A mostly customary formation due to the fact, insofar as it is already the three times in two years that positive cases of Covid-19 have forced the teammates of Primoz Roglic and Jonas Vingegaard, both absent in Switzerland, to pack their bags. Jumbo-Visma had already experienced a similar misadventure during the Giro 2020 and this season, on the Tour de Valence. You said curse.
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