today 11:45 <span class="">|</span></span> Australian cyclist Michael Matthews from the Sunweb team had to withdraw from the Giro d'Italia race at the beginning of the week after a positive coronavirus test, but in the following days he underwent a repeated test twice and in both cases with a negative result. </p><div id="remaining-article"><p>Matthews and other riders could not start the Gira 10th stage on Tuesday for the same reason. Information provided by Cyclingnews.com.
Michael Matthews’ Monday PCR test was positive, the Tuesday speed test was already negative and his PCR test from Wednesday also had a negative result. The 30-year-old rider has no symptoms of COVID-19. He is currently at home in Monaco.
According to a spokesman for the Sunweb team, repeated negative tests by Matthews do not necessarily mean that his test was false positive on Monday. “The good news for Michael is that he is feeling well and has no symptoms.” a representative of the German stable informed the website cyclingnews.com and continued: “You need to keep working and discipline, so you need to test regularly.”
In recent days, there have been voices from representatives of various groups about the premature termination of Gira, the Sunweb team supports the continuation of the race. “Strict procedures are in place to ensure the protection of everyone’s health as much as possible in the current challenging crown times,” continued a representative of Sunweb.
In addition to Matthews, the Dutchman Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma), as well as several members of the implementation teams of several stables, also had a positive coronavirus test among the riders on Monday. On Tuesday, two whole teams withdrew from the race – Mitchelton-Scott and Jumbo-Visma. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) resigned earlier due to a positive test for COVID-19.