Giro d'Italia hit by first COVID-19 case as Clément Russo leaves race

Clément Russo (Arkéa-Samsic) is out of the Giro d'Italia after coming down with COVID-19
Clément Russo (Arkéa-Samsic) is out of the Giro d'Italia after coming down with COVID-19 (Image credit: Stuart FranklinGetty Images)

Following a spate of COVID-19 positives in the lead-up to the race, the Giro d'Italia has its first in-race positive ahead of stage 6 in Napoli.

Arkéa-Samsic announced on Thursday morning that their rider, Clément Russo, had tested positive for the virus and wouldn't continue in the race. 

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Dani Ostanek
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Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Prior to 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, World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Remco Evenepoel, Demi Vollering, and Anna van der Breggen.


As well as original reporting, news and feature writing, and production work, Dani also oversees How to Watch guides and works on The Leadout newsletter throughout the season. Their favourite races are Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix and their favourite published article is from the 2024 edition of the latter: 'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix