Yuriy Natarov (left in the photo) and Vadim Pronskiy were removed from the selection for the Giro d’Italia by Astana on Wednesday, because they had contact with another rider who is infected with the corona virus.
The two Kazakh riders were in close contact with Zhandos Bizhigitov, who tested positive for COVID-19, according to Astana. They will be replaced in the Giro selection by the Dane Jonas Gregaard and the Colombian Rodrigo Contreras.
Several Astana riders appeared to be infected with the virus in recent days. Alex Aranburu tested positive and was therefore excluded from the Giro selection that was announced on Tuesday.
Alexey Lutsenko was not allowed to start on Sunday at the road race of the World Championship in Imola, after he tested positive for the virus. He was not going to start in the Giro anyway.
The Dane Jakob Fuglsang is the leader of Astana in the Giro. With Miguel Ángel Lopez (sixth in the Tour de France) and climbing talent Aleksandr Vlasov, he has two very strong servants.
The Giro organization announced on Wednesday that it will use a different approach than the Tour de France in positive cases. Unlike in France, no entire teams are sent home on two positive tests.
The Giro starts on Saturday with a time trial in Sicily.
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