Teams tighten COVID-19 bubbles as fear of infection rises before Tour of Flanders

Riders wear face masks on the podium at the Oxyclean Brugge - De Panne
Riders wear face masks on the podium at the Classic Brugge-De Panne (Image credit: Getty Images)

The discovery of COVID-19 cases at Lotto Soudal, Trek-Segafredo and Bora-Hansgrohe before the recent Belgian Classics has put the peloton on high alert in the countdown to the Tour of Flanders, with teams knowing that just one positive case could mean they miss the biggest race of the spring. 

Harry Sweeny of Lotto Soudal did not start the Classic Brugge-De Panne last Wednesday because he was ill and later tested positive via a PCR test for COVID-19. Bora-Hansgrohe missed Friday’s E3 Saxo Bank Classic and Gent-Wevelgem after Britain’s Matt Walls tested positive for COVID-19.

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Stephen Farrand
Head of News

Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.