Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise sends positive riders and Walter Planckaert home, but training camp continues

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Not only at Jumbo-Visma and AG2R-Citroën are there corona infections at training camp, some riders and sports director Walter Planckaert have also tested positive at Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise. They are now on their way home.

Michiel VerheirstraetenSource: BELGIAN

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Jumbo-Visma, which only had a hotel available for the team, stopped its training internship in Alicante after a positive infection in a rider. Riders who wanted to continue training in Spain were given the opportunity to do so, but there has been no question of a joint camp since Wednesday. At AG2R-Citroën, four staff members tested positive earlier this week, but the training camp continues unabated in Denia. The riders are tested every day via a rapid test and a PCR test follows every three days.

The teams in Altea are not immune from the virus either. Staying in hotel Cap Negret with different teams Bahrain-Victorious, Arkea-Samsic, Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB and Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise. Other guests also stay at the hotel. All teams have corona infections, but the internship continues, including Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise, where six positive cases were identified.

“It was a bit scary”

“It was a bit of a shock,” said sports director Hans De Clercq. “We did a preventive test on Wednesday evening and one rider turned out to be positive, after which we tested everyone. In the end there were six positive cases. The individuals in question were immediately isolated last night. They got food in their room.”

Thursday morning they left for home in a van. The measures for the remaining riders and staff members are now being tightened up at the team.

Incidentally, European champion and winner of Paris-Roubaix Sonny Colbrelli is not on the stage of his team Bahrain-Victorious in Spain after a high-risk contact.

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