The UAE Tour has been cancelled with two phases remaining after two Italian “workers members” examined constructive for coronavirus.
Riders on the occasion, together with Britain’s Chris Froome and Adam Yates, at the moment are being examined for the virus.
“Safety comes on the prime of all priorities,” race organisers Abu Dhabi Sports Council stated.
Organisers had initially stated that the 2 folks taken unwell had been “contributors” within the race.
“Two Italian workers members of one of many groups taking part within the UAE Tour have examined constructive for the coronavirus,” the UAE Tour later stated on Twitter.
“The determination has been taken to make sure safety of all of the race’s contributors.”
Yates led after the fifth stage earlier than groups and riders introduced late on Thursday the race had been cancelled.
“It’s a disgrace that the UAE Tour has been cancelled however public well being should come first,” Froome tweeted.
“We’re awaiting testing and can stay on the lodge till additional discover.”
More than 80,000 folks in almost 50 nations have been contaminated by coronavirus.
Nearly 2,800 have died, with the vast majority of the deaths in China.
Italy and Iran have develop into main centres of an infection, with folks travelling from these nations spreading the virus additional afield.
The UAE’s ministry of well being and prevention stated all riders, administrative workers and organisers shall be examined by means of “steady periodic screening” and quarantine measures shall be taken to “curb the unfold of its outbreak”.
Four-time Tour de France winner Froome was again racing for the primary time since breaking his leg on the Criterium du Dauphine in June final 12 months.
“I hope these affected make a speedy restoration and there are no additional instances,” he added.