Bora-Hansgrohe prevented from starting Gent-Wevelgem due to COVID-19 guidelines

SAINT SIFFRET FRANCE FEBRUARY 06 Nils Politt of German and Team Bora Hansgrohe during the 51st toile de Bessges Tour du Gard 2021 Stage 4 a 1516km stage from Rousson to Saint Siffret 165m EDB2020 on February 06 2021 in Saint Siffret France Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
The Bora-Hansgrohe team at Etoile de Bessèges (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Bora-Hansgrohe have been prevented from starting Gent-Wevelgem by the race organisation in line with the coronavirus restrictions in place in Belgium.

The German squad had previously missed Friday’s E3 Saxo Bank Classic after Matt Walls tested positive for COVID-19. Bora-Hansgrohe had signalled their intention to start Gent-Wevelgem after the team’s remaining riders and staff returned negative PCR tests, but they were informed on Sunday morning that they would not be allowed to take part.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.