UAE Team Emirates once again find themselves under a coronavirus cloud.
PARIS: The UAE team removed three cyclists from a tour of Burgos as a precautionary measure after the trio tested positive for coronavirus after having contact with someone in the race.
When the last two stages of the UAE tour were canceled, the team first made headlines in late February, when the two strings were positively tested for the virus and isolated.
The three riders who failed to show up at the starting line of the second stage in Spain on Wednesday were Sebastian Molano, Christian Munoz and Camilo Ardila.
“Three Colombian athletes had contact with a man who was positive for COVID-19 yesterday,” the UAE team Emirates said on its website.
“Following team and UCI protocol, the three riders were separated, sent home and all underwent another test.”
The team gave a negative test to three riders in the days before the race.
The Burgos tour is the first professional bicycle race since the final stage of Paris-Nice was canceled in March.
During a trip to the UAE, Colombia’s top sprinter Fernando Gaviria spent a month in custody due to illness, and his main character Maximiliano Richez also tested positive.
The couple is in Spain for this week’s race.
Before the first phase on Tuesday, the Israeli start-up Nation team took precautionary measures against riders Itmar Einhorn and Alex Dowsett after being exposed to a non-symptomatic coronavirus positive teammate.