Published: Sat, October 17, 2020
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Sagan wins 10th stage as Giro hit by virus positives

Sagan wins 10th stage as Giro hit by virus positives

The Giro d'Italia has lost seven riders including overall contender Steven Kruijswijk and the entire remaining Mitchelton-Scott team after rest day testing produced eight positive results for coronavirus. That came after Mitchelton-Scott team leader Simon Yates withdrew before Saturday's (Sunday NZT) eighth stage after also contracting Covid-19.

Slovak Sagan led from the front, finally shaking off his rivals 12km from the finish line to cross alone 19sec ahead of American Brandon McNulty with Portugal's pink jersey wearer Joao Almeida third at 23sec.

EF said it wanted to avoid "a chaotic withdrawal on a team-by-team basis", instead ending the race in a "systematic, holistic way".

Four Mitchelton-Scott staff members tested positive.

Organisers added that two riders, one each from Team Sunweb and Jumbo-Visma, had also tested positive along with four staff members from Mitchelton-Scott and one each from Team AG2R-La Mondiale and Team Ineos.

Then Jumbo-Visma announced minutes before the stage started that it was withdrawing the rest of its team, too.

The Giro was already rescheduled from its usual May slot because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Sunweb's Michael Matthews had tested positive and sports director Luke Roberts said the Australian was asymptomatic.

"The other day we were in there with four or five teams. but in that particular hotel we were in, the neutral service, the police on motorbikes were there, just normal people were there and they were all eating from the same buffet so I think it was a real big mistake", Van Emden told The Cycling Podcast. I can't believe I got it.

Tomorrow could be a key day in the race with the first individual time trial taking place.

Sagan - one of the most successful riders in the peloton with three world titles - ended his winless drought going back to the fifth stage of the 2019 Tour de France at Colmar.

And the Slovakian rider did it in style on Tuesday, getting into an early breakaway and then launching a solo uphill attack in the final stages on roads made treacherous by rain.

The Giro resumes with Tuesday's 177km stage from Lanciano to Tortoreto, though the morning's announcement will increase fears it may not yet make it to Milan - where it is scheduled to end on October 25. "I won with my style, putting on a show!" said the Bora-Hansgrohe rider of a stage the 30-year-old had dominated.

Stage 11 on Wednesday (Thursday NZT) is a mostly flat 182-kilometre leg from Porto Sant'Elpidio to Rimini along the Adriatic coast that sets up well for sprinters.

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