Leonardo Basso returned false positive for COVID-19 ahead of Italian Championships

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Team Ineos were forced to withdraw their riders from the Italian Championships last month after Leonardo Basso tested positive for the coronavirus but he told Tuttobiciweb that two further PCR tests came back negative, while further serological analysis revealed that he had never had COVID-19.

Basso’s case mirrors that of his fellow countryman Oscar Gatto (Bora-Hansgrohe), who returned what was later shown to be a false positive in a PCR test ahead of the Bretagne Classic last week.

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