Conci and Aleotti out of Giro d'Italia with COVID-19

Nicola Conci (Alpecin-Deceuninck) in the Giro d'Italia breakaway on stage 5 to Lago Laceno
Nicola Conci (Alpecin-Deceuninck) in the Giro d'Italia breakaway on stage 5 to Lago Laceno (Image credit: Tim de WaeleGetty Images)

Following news of the Giro d'Italia's first COVID-19 positive ahead of stage 6 to Naples, two more riders have left the race on Friday having caught the virus.

Arkéa-Samsic rider Clément Russo was forced to withdraw on Thursday, and he'll be joined on the list of riders heading home by Italian duo Nicola Conci (Alpecin-Deceuninck) and Giovanni Aleotti (Bora-Hansgrohe).

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Dani Ostanek
Senior News Writer

Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, joining in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Before joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.

Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, Road World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Demi Vollering, and Remco Evenepoel. Their favourite races are the Giro d'Italia, Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix.

Season highlights from the 2024 season include reporting from Paris-Roubaix –  'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix – and the Tour de France – 'Disbelief', gratitude, and family – Mark Cavendish celebrates a record-breaking Tour de France sprint win.