Uno-X out of Tour of the Alps after COVID-19 positive

KONYA TURKEY APRIL 11 Start Anthon Charmig of Denmark and UNO X Pro Cycling Team during the 56th Presidential Cycling Tour Of Turkey 2021 Stage 1 a 724km stage from Konya to Konya 1030m Route modified due to snow on the original itinerary TUR2021 tourofturkeyTUR on April 11 2021 in Konya Turkey Photo by Stuart FranklinGetty Images
Uno-X Pro Cycling Team (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

The Uno-X ProTeam has pulled out of the Tour of the Alps before stage 3 after a member of the team tested positive for COVID-19. 

The Norwegian team announced via social media that it would not continue on the week-long stage race.   

"We have a positive COVID-19 test within our team and will withdraw from the Tour of the Alps with immediate effect. Stay safe," the team wrote. 

Race organisers give more details, saying Uno-X "decided to withdraw its team for the race to safeguard everybody’s safety and health, and ensure the safe continuation of the race."

"The team was notified one COVID-19 positive result from a round of tests conducted on Wednesday April 21, after a team member had reported flu-like symptoms," the Tour of the Alps organiser said.

“The person immediately went into isolation, and those who came into contact with them are self-isolating, in compliance with the Tour of the Alps’ COVID protocol. All team members are undertaking further tests while remaining in isolation.

“In wishing a speedy recovery to the interested person, the Tour of the Alps organization wishes to thank the Uno-X Team for the sense of responsibility and professionalism demonstrated in this situation."

The five-day race continued on Wednesday with another mountainous stage taking the race from Austria into Italy for a finish in Naturno. Simon Yates (Bike Exchange) won stage 2 and wears the leader’s green jersey, 45 seconds ahead of Pavel Sivakov (Ineos Grenadiers) and 1:04 ahead of Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation).

Uno-X had enjoyed a good start to the race after 21-year-old Idar Andersen took second place on the opening stage, wearing the young rider's jersey on stage 2.

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Stephen Farrand
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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.