Alessandro Tonelli is the first rider to withdraw from the Giro d'Italia after a positive corona test.

Bardiani-CSF, the Italian's team, is allowed to start, thanks to a less strict protocol in the round.

The 28-year-old Tonelli may even be replaced by another rider, while in many previous cycling races the entire team had to fail a positive test.

In February in the UAE Tour, a race of the same organizer as the Giro, the corona protocol was still very strict.

Mathieu van der Poel and his entire team then had to go home after one infection, to a staff member of Alpecin-Fenix.

The protocol of the Giro is also milder than that of the Tour de France of 2020. Then you had to go home as a team in two positive cases in the team.

Giro director Mauro Vegni thought that was not fair for the rest of the team and so different rules apply and everything is considered on a case-by-case basis, in consultation with the corona doctor who travels with the peloton.

Tonelli tested positive and negative

Before entering the Giro bubble, all riders had to show a negative PCR test.

The riders were also tested three days before the start, including Tonelli.

Tonelli was tested positive first, but a second test turned negative.

In consultation with the doctor, the sports director and the organization it was decided that Tonelli was not allowed to start.

It is not yet known who will replace the rider, who finished 51st last year.

The 104th edition of the Giro starts on Saturday with a time trial over 8.6 kilometers through the streets of Turin.

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