One of the Giro d’Italia’s pre-race favorites, Britain’s Simon Yates, has withdrawn from the famous cycle race after testing positive for coronavirus.
The 28-year-old, who rides for the Mitchelton-Scott team, began to show mild symptoms after Friday’s seventh stage and was subsequently tested.
Yates, who won the Vuelta a Espana (Tour of Spain) in 2018, was taken by ambulance to begin a period of quarantine.
The three-week Giro was moved from its traditional slot in May due to the pandemic and it follows the delayed Tour de France in a reshuffled cycling calendar.
Yates is the first rider to test positive in the Giro which is due to finish in Milan on October 25.
The news comes hard on the heels of the cancellation of the Paris-Roubaix one-day classic next month due to coronavirus spikes in northern France.