LA VUELTA 20: JOINT UNIPUBLIC-UCI STATEMENT CONCERNING THE TESTING CAMPAIGN CARRIED OUT ON OCTOBER 18TH 2020
In line with the health protocol of La Vuelta, established as part of the the “Rules to be followed for the resumption of the road cycling season in the context of the coronavirus pandemic”, drawn up by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and, in compliance with the measures of the Spanish Health Ministry, all teams (riders and staff) were tested yesterday (October 18th, 2020). The event starts on October 20th.
Besides, all those with accreditations were due to show a negative PCR test conducted within the 5 days preceding the official start of the race in Irun at the time of collecting their badge. As of now, 500 PCR tests have been conducted, with more tests due to be performed today, specially for those riders and team staff joining the level 1 of La Vuelta 20’s race bubble after taking part in the Tour de Flanders. The objective of this testing is to guarantee the health of the race for the riders and accredited personnel.
A total of 498 tests were carried out:
• No rider has tested positive for COVID-19.
• Two team staff members, one from Bahrain-McLaren and the other from Team Sunweb, tested positive for Covid-19; they were referred to their respective team doctors who organized isolation measures and took necessary action, in compliance with the World Health Organization (WHO) rules, concerning contact cases.