Larry Warbasse tests positive for COVID-19 after Il Lombardia

Former US road race champion Larry Warbasse leads AG2R La Mondiale teammate Romain Bardet at the 2020 Tour Down Under
Former US road race champion Larry Warbasse leads AG2R La Mondiale teammate Romain Bardet at the 2020 Tour Down Under (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

AG2R La Mondiale (opens in new tab) have announced that American rider Larry Warbasse (opens in new tab) has tested positive for COVID-19 during the latest round of internal testing carried out by the French squad.

Warbasse, who last raced at Il Lombardia on Saturday, is symptom-free, the team reported. He previously raced Strade Bianche, Milano-Torino and Milan-San Remo.

The 30-year-old is AG2R's second COVID-19 positive, after Silvan Dillier (opens in new tab) was forced to miss Strade Bianche after testing positive shortly before the race.

"As part of the systematic monitoring of our riders and staff, Larry Warbasse, who was symptom-free, tested positive for COVID-19," the team said in a statement.

The positive result has forced the team to isolate other riders and take precautionary measures which will impact their line-up for this weekend's French national championships. However, none of the riders affected are on AG2R La Mondiale's Tour de France long list.

"The AG2R La Mondiale team has decided to take general precautionary measures concerning certain riders and members of the staff."

The measures mean that members of the team's Il Lombardia squad will be withdrawn from racing, with Geoffrey Bouchard, Axel Domont and Ben Gastauer pulling out of the Tour du Limousin on Friday and Clément Champoussin joining Domony and Bouchard in withdrawing from the French National Championships road race on Sunday. 

Warbasse is the fourth rider to test positive for COVID-19 since racing restarted in late July. As well as Dillier's positive, Astana's Hugo Houle (opens in new tab) tested positive after racing the Tour de Pologne and Israel Start-Up Nation's Omer Goldstein (opens in new tab) did so before the Vuelta a Burgos.

Given that the riders involved are not set to ride the Tour de France, Warbasse's positive test does not factor into the race's new 'two-strike' rule (opens in new tab), which comes into effect only for those in the Tour bubble, and only from August 26.

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Daniel Ostanek
Production editor

Daniel Ostanek is production editor at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired as staff writer. Prior to joining the team, he had written for most major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly, Rouleur, and CyclingTips.


Daniel has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France and the spring Classics, and has interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Wout van Aert, Remco Evenepoel, Demi Vollering, and Anna van der Breggen.


As well as original reporting, news and feature writing, and production work, Daniel also runs The Leadout newsletter and oversees How to Watch guides throughout the season. His favourite races are Strade Bianche and the Volta a Portugal, and he rides a Colnago C40.