Guillaume Martin has had to leave the Tour de France due to ‘application of the Covid-19 health protocol’. That was reported by the UCI. The Frenchman of Cofidis was fourteenth in the general classification. Tadej Pogacar is concerned that fans along the route are infecting riders with the corona virus.
Martin finished eighth in the Tour de France last year and ninth in the Tour of Spain. In 2020 he won the mountains classification in the Vuelta. His last entry was on February 11, 2018, in the Trofeo Laigueglia.
For Kasper Asgreen (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) and Ruben Guerreiro (EF Education-EasyPost), the Tour de France is also over after eight stages. The duo is unable to continue due to physical problems. That means that the peloton in the Tour de France still has 166 riders.
The Portuguese Guerreiro is ill. His team reports that it is not corona-related. Guerreiro won a stage and the mountains classification in the Giro d’Italia in 2020. The Dane Asgreen, an important link in Fabio Jakobsen’s sprint train, has a knee injury. His biggest victory was the Tour of Flanders last year.
Fear grows, also at Pogacar
Tadej Pogacar is concerned that fans along the Tour de France route are infecting riders with the corona virus. The Slovenian jersey wearer of UAE Team Emirates lost all his Norwegian teammate Vegard Stake Laengen on Saturday as a result of a positive test. The French drivers Geoffrey Bouchard and therefore Martin have now also left the Tour due to Covid-19.
Pogacar said avid fans may pose a risk. ,,Every day the fans encourage you on the climbs. It increases the chance that you will contract an infection,” said the yellow jersey wearer, who gave many high fives to spectators after his stage victory at La Planche des Belles Filles. Pogacar hopes that Laengen has transmitted the virus from a fan and that it is not floating within the ‘team bubble’. ,,I hope we get to the end of the Tour safely.”
German Max Walscheid called his teammate Martin’s positive test ‘pure bad luck’. The team, he says, does everything to prevent infections. “There’s not much you can do about it. Unfortunately, we have to deal with this situation.”
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