Coronavirus sees Chinese teams pull out of Tour de Langkawi and all riders subjected to health-screenings

Face masks and hand sanitiser will be provided to all riders and teams throughout the stage race to help prevent the spread of the virus

Tour de Langkawi 2018 (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)

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Two Chinese teams have pulled out of the upcoming Tour de Langkawi and all other riders and staff will face screening for symptoms as part of measures being taken to combat the Coronavirus.

Race organisers say they "are closely monitoring the situation" as they take steps to ensure their event doesn't help spread a virus that at the time of writing has reportedly claimed 361 lives amongst the 17,000 confirmed cases in China.

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