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Giro Contender Yates Tests Positive For Virus And Withdraws

Britain's Simon Yates wears a face mask prior to the third stage of the Giro d'Italia cycling race from Enna to Etna, Monday Oct. 5, 2020. Overall contender Simon Yates has withdrawn from the Giro dItalia after testing positive for the coronavirus, his Mitchelton-Scott team announced before the eighth stage, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. (Marco Alpozzi/LaPresse via AP)

Britain's Simon Yates wears a face mask prior to the third stage of the Giro d'Italia cycling race from Enna to Etna, Monday Oct. 5, 2020. Overall contender Simon Yates has withdrawn from the Giro dItalia after testing positive for the coronavirus, his Mitchelton-Scott team announced before the eighth stage, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. (Marco Alpozzi/LaPresse via AP)

Overall contender Simon Yates has withdrawn from the Giro dItalia after testing positive for the coronavirus, his MitcheltonScott team announced before Saturdays eighth stage.

GIOVINAZZO, Italy: Overall contender Simon Yates has withdrawn from the Giro dItalia after testing positive for the coronavirus, his Mitchelton-Scott team announced before Saturdays eighth stage.

Mitchelton-Scott said the British rider developed very mild symptoms after Fridays Stage 7 and the team immediately requested a rapid test which indicated a positive result. A second, RT-PCR, test was later taken, which has confirmed the positive result.

Yates was isolated in his single room during the process and is being safely transported by organized ambulance for a period of quarantine where the team can offer its best possible care. His symptoms remain very mild, the team added.

Yates won the Tirreno-Adriatico warmup race last month. He was in 21st place overall, 3 minutes, 52 seconds behind race leader Joo Almeida.

Yates unexpectedly lost significant time in the climb up Mount Etna during Stage 3 on Monday.

Yates’ withdrawal deprives the race of another contender after Geraint Thomas withdrew after breaking his pelvis in a fall during Stage 3.

Italy recorded one of its highest single-day totals of COVID-19 infections since the start of the outbreak on Friday, adding 5,372 cases.

The Health Ministry said Friday that northern Lombardy, the onetime European epicenter of the pandemic, added the most new cases at 983.

The race ends Oct. 25 in Milan the capital of Lombardy.

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