Astana replaces two Giro d'Italia riders after contact with COVID-19-infected teammate

Zhandos Bizhigitov leads the Astana train
Zhandos Bizhigitov leads Astana train (Image credit: Getty Images)

Astana have been forced to call up two replacements for their Giro d'Italia roster after two riders on the roster for the Grande Partenza in Sicily -  Yuriy Natarov and Vadim Pronskiy - were in close contact with teammate Zhandos Bizhigitov, who tested positive for the coronavirus and is symptomatic with COVID-19.

Natarov and Pronskiy were part of Kazakhstan's team for the UCI World Championships with Bizhigitov, who started the elite men's road race but did not finish. Pronskiy and Natarov finished 49th and 74th, respectively.

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