Remco Evenepoel out of Giro d'Italia following positive Covid test

Belgian was in lead following Sunday's stage nine time trial; Geraint Thomas now in virtual race lead

Remco Evenepoel at the Giro d'Italia 2023
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Remco Evenepoel has left the Giro d'Italia following a positive Covid test on Sunday evening. The Soudal Quick-Step rider was in the pink jersey after Sunday's stage nine time trial, but will now be replaced by Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers), who is now in the virtual race lead.

The world champion regained the maglia rosa after winning the the race against the clock in Cesena on Sunday by one second over Thomas, but that is immaterial now, after he tested positive for Covid later that evening.

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