Alpecin-Fenix and Van der Poel withdraw from UAE Tour due to positive COVID-19 test

Mathieu van der Poel was set to wear the leader's jersey in the stage 2 time trial.

by Abby Mickey

photography by Cor Vos

Alpecin-Fenix will not start stage 2 of the UAE Tour after a staff member tested positive for coronavirus. Mathieu van der Poel, who won the first stage of the tour, would have worn the leader’s jersey into the stage 2 time trial.

Testing was conducted on the evening of the first stage. The UAE Tour released a statement saying that the member of staff who tested positive was immediately isolated, as were those who came into close contact with them.

David Dekker (Team Jumbo-Visma), who placed second on the opening stage, will start stage 2 as the leader in the general classification.

This story is ongoing.

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