Alpecin-Fenix leader Mathieu van der Poel looks all set to start Saturday’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad should he return further negative COVID-19 tests this week.
In order to take part in the race, Van der Poel must follow the protocols of cycling’s governing body, the UCI, as well as the Belgium’s national federation’s measures and those of the Belgian government.
The Dutchman, who won the opening stage at the UAE Tour , left the race along with his team after a staff member tested positive for the virus during a round of testing on Sunday evening. He was quickly linked to a start at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad as Thomas Van Den Spiegel – head of organiser Flanders Classics – announced that he would be welcome at the race. Alpecin-Fenix are set to announce their final roster for the race on Wednesday.
The UCI’s testing protocols , published last July, require riders and staff participating in one-day races to pass a PCR test six days before the race (in this case, Sunday), to complete a ‘COVID-19 questionnaire’ five days before the race (Monday), and to pass a second PCR test at least 72 hours before the race, taken at the site of the race start.
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After testing negative for the virus on Sunday, Van der Poel has met the first of these requirements, along with four teammates, […]