Teammate Pogacar home with corona infection, two riders off course during stage Tour de France

Yellow jersey wearer Tadej Pogacar has lost teammate Vegard Stake Laengen. The Norwegian from UAE Team Emirates tested positive for the corona virus. After the Frenchman Geoffrey Bouchard of AG2R, he is the second rider to leave the Tour due to a corona infection. During the ride Kevin Vermaerke and Gianni Moscon gave up.

“Unfortunately, Laengen has tested positive for Covid-19 and will not start in today’s stage,” the Pocar team said on Twitter. According to team doctor Adriano Rotunno, Laengen tested negative the day before during a routine check. But the 33-year-old rider reported that his throat started to hurt in the evening.

,,The antigen test was positive and the diagnosis was confirmed this morning by the PCR test. According to protocol, the rider will be withdrawn for the safety of himself and the peloton.”

Val Pogacar, Vermaerke has to give up

DSM must continue without Kevin Vermaerke. The 21-year-old American was one of the victims of a massive crash in the peloton at the start of the eighth stage. Pogacar and the French DSM leader Romain Bardet were also among them. They could continue on their way.

Vermaerke was the worst off. In particular, he appeared to be suffering from a collarbone. Italian Gianni Moscon also stepped off course during the eighth stage. Follow this ride here.

Bouchard already not fit in stage 7

Geoffrey Bouchard also did not start in the eighth stage of the Tour de France. The Frenchman from AG2R did not feel fit during the seventh stage to La Super Planche des Belles Filles and immediately did an antigen test afterwards. It was positive.

,,During the ride I didn’t feel so good. It’s a huge disappointment, because we just arrived at my favorite terrain, the mountains. It’s my first Tour de France and it’s a shame it ends like this,” said the 30-year-old Frenchman. “I wish my teammates good luck and strength for the rest of the Tour.”

Strict protocol

His team says that a strict protocol has been used to ensure the health of the riders and staff. ,,We sympathize with Geoffrey, who we counted on in the coming days,” said team boss Vincent Lavenu. “The Tour isn’t over yet and we still hope to be up front when we get into the mountains.” AG2R reported that everyone had been tested on Thursday evening or Friday morning and tested negative.

Bouchard, Laengen, Vermaerke and Moscon are the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth dropouts in this Tour. Earlier, the Australian Jack Haig, the Austrian Michael Gogl, the Italian Daniel Oss and the Luxembourger Alex Kirsch were unable to continue. The Frenchman is the first rider to leave the cycling round due to a positive corona test. Before the start of the Tour in Copenhagen, some riders were replaced after testing positive. There are still 171 riders in the race.

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