Positives, negatives, and viral loads: What's going on with Covid at the Giro d'Italia?

Here's why some riders are staying while others are going, and how it's incumbent on the teams rather than organisers

Salvatore Puccio at the Giro d'Italia 2023
(Image credit: Getty Images)

It was not a relaxing first rest day at the Giro d'Italia in Scandiano on Monday. Not for the race organisers, not for the riders, and certainly not for the team staff. There was one story in town, and that story was Covid and its implications. 

Just last week, the World Health Organisation declared an end to the global health emergency, but the effects of the virus are still having a significant impact on the Giro peloton. On Sunday evening, the dramatic news that race leader Remco Evenepoel (Soudal Quick-Step) was to leave the race was a huge story for the race, and cycling, and he was not the last rider to leave before stage ten started on Tuesday.

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