The corona virus hangs like a dark shadow over the Tour of Italy, but great Giro boss Mauro Vegni does not intend to stop the cycling circus sooner, as was requested by Education First, among others. He also disagrees with the criticism from Thomas De Gendt, among others, that the organization would not do enough to protect the riders. “There is also bad behavior within the bubbles of the teams, but I will not go into that further,” he rebounds the ball. In the meantime, De Gendt apologized for his statements.
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Following the departure of Mitchelton-Scott and Jumbo-Visma due to positive Covid cases, news came yesterday that seventeen more police officers had tested positive for the virus. Enough reason for some to question the continuation of the Giro. EF Education, already good for two stage victories, has suggested to organizer RCS to end the Giro next Sunday. The International Cycling Union UCI already answered the request negatively. The authority to stop the Giro lies with organizer RCS or the Italian government.
Organizer RCS does not intend to stop prematurely. “We take the same measures that were used in the other major races, so I don’t see why the Giro would be any worse organized than the rest,” Giro boss Mauro Vegni told Cyclingnews, among others.
“On the first day of rest, we had eight positive cases. How many were there in other […]