[Update] Ciccone is recovering from coronavirus and has resumed training

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(September 4, 2020) A hitch in Trek-Segafredo’s Giro preparation. Giulio Ciccone has tested positive for the corona virus and for that reason cannot start in the Tirreno-Adriatico.

The 25-year-old Italian tested positive on August 31, according to his team, in preparation for the Tirreno, where everyone must submit a negative corona test at the start. According to Trek-Segafredo, Ciccone had the last contact with his teammates at the Italian road championship on August 23. There, the corona rules would have been strictly observed.

How Ciccone contracted the virus is unknown. As a precaution, the team has tested all riders with whom Ciccone has been in contact. All results turned out to be negative. Ciccone counts for the Giro d’Italia as super servant of Vincenzo Nibali, who wants to win the Giro this year. The Tirreno is seen as a very important preparatory race for the Tour of Italy, which starts on October 3.

Nibali is disappointed: ‘Ciccone’s absence a great loss’

Nibali is disappointed in conversation with The Gazzetta dello Sport of his teammate’s positive test. His absence from the Tirreno is a big loss for Trek and for Italian cycling. He is an important rider for the team ‘, says de Shark from Messina.

Update – September 7, 2020 (3.30pm): Ciccone: ‘Difficult to accept’

Giulio Ciccone has responded via his Instagram account to the missing out on the Tirreno-Adriatico by contracting the corona virus. The Italian climber writes to go through ‘a tricky situation’. “That damn virus turned me off,” he says. ‘Just now that three important competitions (Tirreno-Adriatico, World Championships and Giro d’Italia, ed.) Are coming up. I have to console myself with the fact that I am getting better, but who knows when that is. This is not easy to accept, especially after so many sacrifices. ‘

Still, the Trek-Segafredo rider would like to thank everyone who gave him a heart. ‘I am someone who never gives up, but the affection I now get from friends and fans is a huge help to keep looking ahead.’ (photo: Trek-Segafredo)

Update – September 15, 2020 (10:35 p.m.): Ciccone recovers from coronavirus and resumes training towards the end of the season

Ciulio Ciccone can resume training for the rest of the season. Because he tested positive for the corona virus, he was not allowed to start in the Tirreno-Adriatico. Meanwhile, his Trek-Segafredo team reports in a press release that he has undergone two negative tests and can resume his training. “After more than fourteen days of isolation, Ciccone can now concentrate on restoring his shape for the rest of the season.”

Now that the Italian has missed a large part of the preparation, the question is where he will still be used. He was originally supposed to ride the Giro d’Italia, but it starts on October 3. “In consultation with Ciccone and the team’s medical staff, management will decide in which races he will continue this season.”

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