'It's a shame to be out of the game': Michael Matthews just happy to be healthy after false positive at Giro d'Italia

The Australian was forced to withdraw from the Italian Grand Tour following a positive coronavirus test but has subsequently returned two negative tests

Michael Matthews at the 2020 Giro d'Italia (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

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Michael Matthews says it's a shame to be out of the Giro d'Italia after a false positive Covid-19 result but is ultimately happy to be healthy and not have contracted the virus.

"On the first rest day of the Giro I tested positive and the same day I was taken off the race. The next morning I took another test and it turned out negative. That was good news. On Wednesday I got another PCR test and it was also negative. Of course, I am very happy with that," Matthews said in a video message posted on his Instagram.

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