Lizzy Banks forced to delay season start due to Covid-19

GANDIA SPAIN FEBRUARY 17 Omer Shapira of Israel and Team EF Education Tibco SVB with teammates during the team presentation prior to the 6th Setmana Ciclista Valenciana Vuelta Comunidad Valenciana Feminas 2022 Stage 1 a 114km stage from Tavernes de la Valldigna to Gandia VoltaCVFemines22 on February 17 2022 in Gandia Spain Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo MorenoGetty Images
EF Education-TIBCO-SVB ahead of stage 1 at the Setmana Ciclista Valenciana (Image credit: Getty Images)

Lizzy Banks has been forced to delay her debut with EF Education-TIBCO-SVB at Setmana Ciclista Valenciana on Thursday after testing positive for COVID-19. Banks is experiencing mild symptoms from the virus and is self-isolating in Calpe, Spain.

"Lizzy Banks will not start the Volta Comunitat Valenciana after a positive COVID-19 test. She is isolating in her hotel room in Calpe and will follow the guidelines set by the Spanish Health Authority. Banks is currently showing minor symptoms," confirmed EF Education-TIBCO-SVB.

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