Two riders leave Tour de France with COVID-19

CALAIS FRANCE JULY 05 Geoffrey Bouchard of France and AG2R Citren Team competes during the 109th Tour de France 2022 Stage 4 a 1715km stage from Dunkerque to Calais TDF2022 WorldTour on July 05 2022 in Calais France Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Geoffrey Bouchard of AG2R Citroen has tested positive for COVID-19 while at the Tour (Image credit: Getty Images)

AG2R Citroën rider Geoffrey Bouchard and UAE Team Emirates' Vegard Stake Laengen have become the first riders to leave the 2022 Tour de France after testing positive for COVID-19 on Friday night following stage 7.

Bouchard returned a positive antigen test taken at the team hotel following the stage to La Super Planche des Belles Filles and was immediately isolated from the rest of the riders and staff before leaving the race.

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