The Mitchelton-Scott outfit have agreed to withdraw from the Giro d’Italia after four staff members tested positive for the coronavirus.
The team had two rounds of negative Covid-19 tests on Friday and Saturday, but they were informed of the positive results after further tests on Sunday.
In agreement with race organisers RCS Sport, Mitchelton-Scott pulled out of the race to ensure the health of their riders and staff.
This comes after British team member and former maglia rosa Simon Yates withdrew from the race after testing positive for Covid-19 following the seventh stage on Friday.
In accordance with the Giro d’Italia health protocol all teams – riders and staff – were tested on Sunday and Monday in a total of 571 tests.
Besides the Mitchelton-Scott tests, one rider each from Sunweb and Jumbo-Visma tested positive for Covid-19 and went into isolation.
Two other staff members, from AG2R-La Mondiale and Ineos Grenadiers, also tested positive and were placed in isolation.