Remco Evenepoel heads home from Giro d'Italia after positive COVID-19 test

Remco Evenepoel leaves the Soudal-QuickStep team hotel and the Giro d'Italia following his COVID-19 positive
Remco Evenepoel leaves the Soudal-QuickStep team hotel and the Giro d'Italia following his COVID-19 positive (Image credit: Wout Beel/Soudal-QuickStep)

After testing positive for COVID-19 on Sunday evening, Giro d'Italia race leader Remco Evenepoel started the long journey home by car from Italy to Belgium on Monday morning.

The world champion won Sunday's stage 9 time trial – albeit by a smaller margin than expected – and later complained of a blocked nose in the post-stage press conference. Three and a half hours later, a routine COVID-19 test – taken by all Soudal-QuickStep team members as part of intra-team precautions – turned up a positive result for the virus.

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Dani Ostanek
Senior News Writer

Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Prior to joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.

 

Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Remco Evenepoel, Demi Vollering, and Anna van der Breggen.

 

As well as original reporting, news and feature writing, and production work, Dani also oversees How to Watch guides and works on The Leadout newsletter throughout the season. Their favourite races are Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix and their favourite published article is from the 2024 edition of the latter: 'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix