Two riders test positive for COVID-19 before final rest day of the Tour de France

The pack of riders cycles past fields of wilted sunflowers during the 15th stage of the 109th edition of the Tour de France cycling race 2025 km between Rodez and Carcassonne in southern France on July 17 2022 Photo by Marco BERTORELLO AFP Photo by MARCO BERTORELLOAFP via Getty Images
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Two riders have returned positive tests for COVID-19 in testing carried out on the eve of the Tour de France’s third and final rest day in Carcassonne.

The UCI did not identify the riders in question in its statement on Monday morning, but it noted that both lie outside the top 20 in the general classification. The two riders are reportedly asymptomatic and a final decision on their continued participation in the Tour will be taken on Tuesday morning ahead of stage 16 to Foix.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.