When Luca Scinto warms to a topic, he doesn’t so much answer a question as deliver a soliloquy. "Maybe if I was more diplomatic, my career would have been different instead of being with a small team, but I’m proud of what I am," he told Cyclingnews by way of an opening gambit at the Giro d’Italia in Cervia on Friday morning. "I’m stubborn and I say what I think."
The topic in question was EF Pro Cycling’s request – already rejected by the UCI – for the Giro d’Italia to be brought to a unified halt this weekend due to what they described as a ‘compromised’ coronavirus bubble on the corsa rosa .
Eight cases of COVID-19 were confirmed on the rest day in addition to Simon Yates’ positive in the opening week and two WorldTour teams – Jumbo-Visma and Mitchelton-Scott – have already left the race. EF Pro Cycling have said they will leave the Giro in the event of a confirmed case among their riders and staff.
Just as the Tour de France is the raison d’être for most WorldTour sponsors, the Giro is the most important event on the calendar for the backers of Scinto’s Vini Zabù-KTM squad. He decried what he perceived as a double standard in some WorldTour teams’ differing attitudes to the coronavirus protocol at the Giro and the Tour de France – where four staff members from four different teams and race director Christian Prudhomme tested positive for COVID-19 on the first rest day. […]