UAE Tour cancelled as riders contract coronavirus

For Chris Froome the UAE Tour was his first race since last June.

A statement from the Abu Dhabi Sports Council said: "The Abu Dhabi Sports Council has cancelled the remaining rounds of the 2020 UAE Tour after two Italian participants had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19".

Danish rider Michael Morkov completed the first four stages of the UAE Tour but then travelled to Berlin to compete in Sunday's Madison, and was seen in the velodrome on Thursday.

With the race abandoned, Briton Adam Yates, who led after five stages, was set to be declared the victor.

A total of 28 people, who were in close contact with the previously confirmed cases, have been screened and all preemptive measures are being taken to prevent the spread of the virus outbreak through an epidemiological monitoring mechanism, the statement added.

A spokesperson from the British Cycling team in Berlin said the team doctor was liaising with the UCI medical team.

"We have taken note of the cancellation of the UAE Tour due to the occurrence of the coronavirus", the Dutch Jumbo-Visma team said on their Twitter feed.

In the UAE, the race remains under lockdown as tests are conducted, a process expected to take several hours.


"It's a disgrace that the #UAETour has been canceled however public well being should come first", four-times Tour de France victor Chris Froome, making his comeback from damage on the race, mentioned.

That quarantine appeared to ensnare Froome, 34, who was using the tour as a comeback after suffering injuries in a bad 2019 crash.

According to other reports on social media teams and team staff were being tested for the virus in their hotels. "I hope these affected make a speedy restoration and there aren't any additional instances #coronavirus".

Bauer's Mitchelton-Scott team-mate Adam Yates was leading the race after five stages.

Israel's Omer Goldstein, riding for the Israel Start-Up Nation team posted a video on Twitter from the hotel.

Irishmen Eddie Dunbar (Team Ineos) and Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-QuickStep) were also competing.

Italy is the country outside of Asia with the most confirmed cases of coronavirus - at least 655 - and 17 people have died. Nearly 2,800 people have died, with the majority of deaths in China.

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