Coronavirus latest: Cofidis sports director Damiani's frustration at continued UAE hotel lockdown

Cofidis sports director Roberto Damiani
Cofidis sports director Roberto Damiani (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

In correspondence sent to, and published by, Italian cycling website on Sunday, Cofidis sports director Roberto Damiani said that he was prepared to go on hunger strike in protest at him and his French squad being one of only three teams still being prevented from leaving their Abu Dhabi hotel, in the United Arab Emirates, due to fears of the coronavirus.

The UAE Tour, at which Damiani's Cofidis team were competing, was cancelled following stage 5 of the event on Thursday evening, despite there being two stages remaining, with riders, team staff, race organisation staff and journalists being confined to their hotels after two staff members of one of the teams taking part were reported by the organisers as having tested positive for the virus.

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