Turkey is experiencing a real disaster due to covid-related cases. Switzerland TourJust 15 days before the start of the tour and with a few figures from the French tour aiming for the Swiss test adding this Friday 58 releasealmost all (with the exception of some falls and heatstroke) are about positives due to the pandemic.

After an emergency meeting this Friday before leaving sixth stageThe organization, the first of which was high-end, decided to continue testing and make a new assessment on Saturday after it was confirmed whether it was further affected by Covid, directly or indirectly. Until four teams After the antigen tests were done, they packed their bags ahead of time, as among the runners and helpers there was someone affected in their ranks. The teams that left the Tour of Switzerland completely are Jumbo, UEA (Catalan Mark Soler), Bahrain and Alpecin.

main reason

These withdrawals do not mean that all members of the team are affected, but rather that the majority have decided to leave as a precaution, as the Tour is just around the corner and a few riders, for example Tadej Pogacar, Primoz Roglic and Mathieu Van der Poel, as well as the directors based in Switzerland , the masseurs and the mechanics would then join the France round and with the big cycling event of the year so close, it was decided to return home to avoid the risks. type It starts on 1 July.

Prepared to become one of the leading Ineos drivers on the tour, Adam Yates was among the first to retire after testing positive. The Russian runner also went home (he is objecting to the test, unable to carry his country’s flag due to the war in Ukraine) Alexander Vlasovwas leading the race after winning Thursday’s stage. Training (EF) is still in Switzerland despite four deaths, Israel continues after two positive and Quick Step with a negative result after another antigen. Movistar suffered the loss of its leader, Alex Aranburualthough in this case a heat stroke.

over 30 degrees

High temperatures in Switzerland are also stirring up trouble as they have to face the stage’s rise of more than 30 degrees on Thursday. “After the meeting between the race jury, the organization and the team representatives, it was decided to hold the sixth stage. A new assessment will be made on Saturday,” he said. this Switzerland Tour It was one of the few races in 2020 that weren’t shifted to summer and autumn, and was canceled after all competitions were suspended during the quarantine and in the months that followed.

Danish cyclist Jacob Fuglsang He started as the leader of the race. Team Israel, which Chris Froome also ran, did not yet know whether he could play the Tour due to his poor form, and needs the points awarded to the winner like oxygen, as there are relegations in the first category this year, in the style of other sports such as football or basketball, and in the red zone of the table. As a curiosity, phase six passes this Friday through the Swiss town of Visp, where one of the labs producing the Moderna pharmaceutical vaccine used to fight covid in Europe is located.