UAE Tour teams start after the coronavirus scare

DUBAI: teams participating in the abandoned UAE Tour began leaving Abu Dhabi on Sunday after being quarantined in the middle of a coronavirus scare.

One of the best cyclists of the race, Great Britain. Chris Froome He went home together with members of his Ineos Team, after being locked in his Abu Dhabi hotel since Thursday when two Italian staff members with one of the teams tested positive.

All of our brokers and staff now leave the UAE after everything is clear. Thanks to everyone who helped us and looked after the Team in recent days, the team said on Twitter.

Movistar team, including world champion 2018 Alejandro Valverde He also tweeted that its members were released and on their way to Madrid.

The pleasure of returning home after spending several days at the hotel, Valverde tweeted.

The Dutch Jumbo-Visma team said they were on the plane back home, and the Israel Start-Up Nation said it also had a clean health bill and all after the three-day drama.

However, it was believed that journalists who were confined in a separate hotel were still under confinement along with several other teams, including Cofidis de France, whose pilot Nathan haas He tweeted that our team should stay longer.

Some of us are still in our rooms in Abu Dhabi with little information despite negative tests for the virus, said Spanish Cofidis pilot Jesus Herrada.

And the United Arab Emirates team said that although their results were negative, our team has decided to extend their stay in the United Arab Emirates to continue testing everyone's conditions.

The 133 cyclists who were still in dispute, as well as the team members, were evaluated after the organizers announced the two cases on Thursday, which forced the event to be canceled with two stages to go.

Danish Cyclist Michael Morkov The Deceuninck-Quick-Step team, which participated in the first four stages, was placed in isolation in his hotel room after arriving in Berlin to participate in the World Athletics Championship.

However, on Saturday, he was also authorized to participate.

"The rider present in Berlin is currently in excellent health, with no suspicious clinical signs, and we are also guaranteed that he has not contacted the two members of the management of a team participating in the UAE Tour , originally suspected of coronavirus ," governing body ICU He said in a statement.