Trek-Segafredo men’s squad out of Gent-Wevelgem due to positive COVID-19 tests

Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) at Paris-Nice 2021
Gent-Wevelgem 2020 winner Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) at Paris-Nice 2021 (Image credit: Getty Images)

Trek-Segafredo will be withdrawing its men’s squad from Sunday’s Gent-Wevelgem after positive COVID-19 tests, leaving one of the race favourites, Mads Pedersen, unable to line up to try and repeat his 2020 victory.

Trek-Segafredo is far from alone in having to pull out of an event because of positive tests, with a number of withdrawals from recent races. Alpecin-Fenix did not start the Volta a Catalunya while Spanish outfit Equipo Kern Pharma left en masse after two of their team members tested positive for COVID-19 following stage 4. Bora-Hansgrohe were also stopped from riding the E3 Saxo Bank Classic in Belgium after Britain's Matt Walls tested positive in final pre-race testing.

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