Following a spate of COVID-19 positives within the lead-up to the race, the Giro d’Italia has its first in-race optimistic forward of stage 6 in Napoli.
Arkéa-Samsic introduced on Thursday morning that their rider, Clément Russo, had examined optimistic for the virus and would not proceed within the race.
The Frenchman was making his Giro debut together with lots of his teammates as Arkéa-Samsic take part within the race for the primary time of their historical past.
“Clément Russo, examined optimistic for COVID-19, is not going to begin the sixth stage of the Giro d’Italia,” Arkéa-Samsic introduced through Twitter. “Good restoration Clément.”
Russo had been sharing a room with staff chief Warren Barguil on the race.
The 31-year-old has himself come down with the virus in latest weeks, falling sick at Liège-Bastogne-Liège. The staff will little question be hoping that his latest publicity to COVID-19 can have offered some immunity.
“When your buddy and roommate is DNS,” Barguil wrote on Twitter (opens in new tab) with a crying face emoji. “Braveness, Clem.”
Russo’s optimistic follows within the wake of quite a few optimistic circumstances within the peloton working from Liège, all through the Tour de Romandie, and within the week main as much as the Giro.
Jumbo-Visma trio Jos Van Emden, Robert Gesink, and Tobias Foss all missed the beginning as a result of virus, as did Trek-Segafredo’s GC man Giulio Ciccone, Gino Mäder (Bahrain Victorious), and Henri Vandenabeele (Crew DSM).
Arkéa-Samsic noticed two of their riders, Kévin Vauquelin and Andrii Ponomar, amongst a number of within the peloton falling sick with COVID-19 at Romandie.
The squad, racing within the WorldTour for the primary time this season following promotion from the ProTeam ranks, has loved an encouraging begin to the Giro. Barguil was within the break on the primary mid-mountain stage to Lago Laceno on Tuesday, even when he was caught by the peloton on the ultimate climb as Aurélien Paret-Peintre (AG2R Citroën) went on to take the win.
David Dekker, a newcomer to the staff for 2023, has offered their greatest end result thus far.
The Dutchman, who moved from Jumbo-Visma, took second behind Jonathan Milan (Bahrain Victorious) on the second stage to San Salvo. He was eleventh on stage 5 to Salerno however was caught in Mark Cavendish’s crash after crossing the end line.
Barguil and Alan Rious have been each caught in a crash earlier within the ultimate, too. All three riders will proceed within the race on stage 6, nonetheless, with the flat end offering one other alternative for Dekker to combine it up with the opposite sprinters.
Clément Russo, testé positif au Covid-19, ne prendra pas le départ de la 6ème étape du Giro d’Italia.Bon rétablissement Clément 🙏 pic.twitter.com/Us4UVDkyd3Could 11, 2023