Mark Cavendish lead-out man Michael Mørkøv leaves Tour de France after testing positive for COVID-19

BOLOGNA, ITALY - JUNE 30: (L-R) Cees Bol of Netherlands and Astana Qazaqstan Team, Fernando Gaviria of Colombia and Movistar Team, Mark Cavendish of The United Kingdom, Michael Morkov of Denmark and Astana Qazaqstan Team compete passing through a Bologna city ten minutes late during the 111th Tour de France 2024, Stage 2 a 199.2km stage from Cesenatico to Bologna / #UCIWT / on June 30, 2024 in Bologna, Italy. (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)
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Michael Mørkøv, Astana-Qazaqstan's lead out expert and key lieutenant to Mark Cavendish, has abandoned the Tour de France ahead of stage 12 after testing positive for COVID-19.

The Danish rider doesn’t have what Astana Qazaqstan described as ‘essential symptoms’ but the team’s medical staff took the decision to pull Mørkøv from the race ‘to protect his health from long-term effects the virus could provoke in the future.’

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