A number one crew needs the Giro d’Italia to finish per week early, citing a “clearly compromised” coronavirus bubble.
EF Professional Biking – winners of two of the 12 phases to date – wrote to race organisers asking for the race to finish this Sunday.
Nevertheless, biking’s governing physique, the UCI rejected, the request.
On Tuesday, the Mitchelton-Scott and Jumbo-Visma groups withdrew from the tour following constructive checks of their camps.
“With a clearly compromised bubble,” EF’s letter mentioned, “and an anticipated lag between publicity and signs/positives, it have to be anticipated that additional sickness will consequence.”
Mitchelton-Scott had already misplaced their crew chief Simon Yates on Saturday after he examined constructive for the virus.
EF mentioned it needed to keep away from “a chaotic withdrawal on a team-by-team foundation”, as a substitute ending the race in a “systematic, holistic method”.
The UCI refused their demand, saying race organisers have “dedicated to implementing the measures to safe the race bubble”.
The race is because of end in Milan on 25 October however Belgian rider Thomas De Gendt informed broadcaster Sporza earlier than stage 12 on Thursday that he didn’t “really feel like using” due to coronavirus fears.
The Lotto-Soudal rider mentioned. “The scenario is headed within the flawed route and it appears that evidently the organisers are hiding issues. The riders are discussing whether or not we should always begin the stage.”
His feedback got here after stories that 17 law enforcement officials on the race had examined constructive, although a police assertion distributed by organisers mentioned the people involved had been engaged on the Giro-E, a assist race.
Stage 12 went forward as deliberate and was gained by Ineos Grenadiers’ Jhonatan Narvaez.