Today, the race ended prematurely for another rider from the elite ten of the overall rating, Pavel Sivakov. The French cyclist from the Ineos Grenadiers team also had a positive test in the morning, as did three colleagues of Vojtěch Řepy from the second division team Kern Pharma. The Czech cyclist is not among the infected.
Thirty-year-old Yates took seventh place in Tuesday’s time trial after a free day and moved up one position in the overall standings. He lost 4:50 minutes to the leader Belgian Remco Evenepoel. Sivakov was fifth in the time trial and was 7:06 short of the leader in ninth place.
“During the night, he developed mild symptoms of covid-19, low temperature and body pain. That’s why we did the tests in the morning and unfortunately the results were positive,” the team doctor commented on Yates’ condition.
Seventeen cyclists, including the Czech rider Jan Hirt, have already finished the Vuelta due to covid-19. Also out of the game is the winner of the second and third stages, Sam Bennett, who fought for the green jersey for the best competitor in the points competition.