The corona outbreak at cycling team Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl is not over for the time being. After previous corona cases in the team, sports directors Wilfried Peeters and Klaas Lodewyck have now also been sent home after a positive test.
The trouble at Quick-Step started when rider Tim Declerq tested positive in the run-up to the Tour de France. As a result, he had to let the Tour pass by and a little later sports director Tom Steels also turned out to have the virus.
The virus has now struck even harder. Not only Peeters and Lodewyck have to go home, but also driver Jean-Marie Wampers and doctor Toon Cruyt were positive. The team immediately intervened and immediately had a replacement doctor fly in with Philip Jansen.
“I tested slightly positive at the team’s hotel in Binche on Wednesday evening and immediately drove home from there,” explains Wilfried Peeters. “I don’t feel sick and have no symptoms, but I can’t and shouldn’t take any risks. That is the reality of the moment. Frustrating, because we are doing everything we can in the Tour to protect our bubble.”
Meanwhile, Geert Van Bondt has also been called up to lead the troops in France alongside Davide Bramati. After the weekend Tom Steels will in principle come back and if I test negative next Tuesday, I can also take my place again. I now keep in touch with the people in the Tour through zoom meetings at home.”
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