Aurélien CANOT, Media365, published on Friday June 17, 2022 at 10:30 a.m.
The day after the withdrawal of the entire Jumbo-Visma team and Adam Yates, Aleksander Vlasov also tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday. The Russian, leader of the general classification since the day before, did not take the start of the 6th stage. Neither did his teammate Anton Palzer.
Aftermath of bitter victory for Aleksandr Vlasov. At the head of the general classification since the day before after having pulled off a magnificent double victory by winning the 5th stage on Thursday and at the same time putting on the leader’s tunic, the Russian will not even have the pleasure of wearing the yellow jersey. This Friday morning, a few minutes from the start of the 6th stage, between Locarno and Moosalp, the rider of the Bora-Hansgrohe team has in turn tested positive for Covid-19. At the stage of the misadventure experienced Thursday by the entire Jumbo-Visma team as by the Briton Adam Yates (Ineos Grenadiers), the Russian was forced to leave the race on the field. He therefore did not take the start of this penultimate stage (on Sunday, this Tour of Switzerland will end with an individual time trial around Vaduz) and gave up his yellow leader’s jersey to his runner-up in the standings, the Dane Jakob Fuglsang (Israel-Premier Tech) without even having been able to try him out in the race.
Alpecin-Fenix, Bahrain-Victorious and UAE Team Emirates also left
The winner of the Tour de Romandie this season has been added to a list of positive riders that grows a little longer every day. On Friday, his German teammate Anton Palzer, also tested, was thus also invited to pack his bags and isolate himself. But they are not alone in this case, since the EF Education-EasyPost team announced that they had also experienced the same misadventure and lost several runners there again on the way (only Rutsch and Powless took the start of the stage on Friday). Like the Jumbo-Visma team the day before, the Alpecin-Fenix formation left this Tour de Suisse in full, shortly before UAE Team Emirates and Bahrain-Victorious did the same. following the positive tests of Marc Hirschi and Diego Ulissi. The slaughter continues (29 runners did not line up on the starting line on Friday), and it is probably not over. It even touched the Tour of Slovenia, which two other UAE Team Emirates riders Mikkel Bjerg and Vegard Stake Lengen abandoned on Friday, even though only the first tested positive for Covid-19. To try to clinch the final victory, Tadej Pogacar and Rafal Majka could only count on three teammates.