The bad news continue in the Giro d'Italia for a Soudal Quick-Step that is not having any luck in this corsa rosa. After the departure of their leader Remco Evenepoel last Sunday after testing positive for Covid, the Belgian team announced this morning before the eleventh stage that 4 other riders must leave the race for the same reason.
Jan Hirt, Josef Cerny, Louis Vervaeke and Mattia Cattaneo have all tested positive for Covid and have abandoned the race with immediate effect. This leaves the Belgian team down to three riders only, not only have it's ambitions taken away but now many of it's possibilities to fight for stage wins.
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Team doctor Toon Cruyt said, "After Remco tested positive on Sunday afternoon, we had two more riders who felt unwell on Monday morning, but they tested negative for antigens. Therefore, a PCR test was performed on the remaining seven runners, the results of which showed that all four guys were positive. We will continue to monitor and apply our testing protocol on the three ridersand staff remaining in the race."