Trek-Segafredo will tackle the Giro d’Italia with out staff chief Giulio Ciccone after the staff confirmed that he will not be capable to begin the race following his COVID-19 an infection.
The Italian rider examined constructive for the virus on Monday and has suffered delicate signs leaving him unable to coach within the lead-up to the Grand Tour.
Ciccone, who has gained three phases of the Giro prior to now, was set to guide the staff’s GC problem this Could. Nevertheless, the choice taken by him and the staff following persevering with constructive take a look at outcomes means he’ll miss out on the race and a Grande Partenza in his house area of Abruzzo subsequent Saturday.
“Giving up the Giro breaks my coronary heart,” Ciccone mentioned. “I can not discover every other phrases to explain my emotions proper now. I might have confronted my favorite race after the very best begin to a season of my profession. I might have began from house, from my Abruzzo, a historic occasion, even distinctive.
“Every thing was excellent after which… I imply, it feels absurd. I’ve to swallow a bitter tablet and the considered what I might have accomplished on this Giro shall be in my thoughts for a very long time. Alternatively, I’ve to hearken to my physique.
“I’ve to recuperate in the easiest way potential as a result of the season is lengthy and the chance of compromising it might be too excessive. It is a powerful choice, however I’ve to simply accept the actual fact and look past it. As quickly as I return to racing, I’ll flip this disappointment into willpower.”