Kern Pharma quit Volta a Catalunya after double positive for COVID-19

CALELLA SPAIN MARCH 22 Start Podium Roman Mart Mrquez of Spain Jaime Castrillo Zapater of Spain Kiko Galvn Fernndez of Spain Urko Berrade Fernandez of Spain Savva Novikov of Russia Daniel Alejandro Mendez Norea of Colombia Roger Adri Oliveras of Spain and Team Equipo Kern Pharma during the 100th Volta Ciclista a Catalunya 2021 Stage 1 a 1784km stage from Calella to Calella Mask Covid safety measures Team Presentation VoltaCatalunya100 on March 22 2021 in Calella Spain Photo by David RamosGetty Images
Equipo Kern Pharma at the team presentation prior to stage 1 of 2021 Volta a Catalunya (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Spanish outfit Equipo Kern Pharma have quit the Volta a Catalunya en masse after two of their team members tested positive for COVID-19 following stage 4.

The UCI Pro squad, which was making its debut in the WorldTour at the Volta a Catalunya, said it was suspending its racing program for a week and would be placing all those who had been in contact with the two positive cases in voluntary quarantine.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.