Tadej Pogacar back in training after COVID-19 positive setback

Tour de France 2021 - 108th Edition - 12th stage Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux - Nimes 159.4 km - 07/07/2021 - Tadej Pogacar (SLO - UAE Team Emirates) - photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021
(Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) has suffered an early-season setback, contracting COVID-19 last week. 

The Tour de France champion is said to have suffered mild symptoms and has already completed his mandatory period of self-isolation. He is training again but still has to undergo further medical tests before he’s cleared to ramp up his preparations for his season debut at the UAE Tour, which is a big target for the team on home soil. The UAE Tour starts on February 20.

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Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.