Coronavirus cases rule Team DSM, Parkhotel Valkenburg out of Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Parkhotel Valkenburg and Team DSM have been forced to withdraw their women's squads from the Liege-Bastogne-Liege after several members tested positive for the coronavirus.

Two Parkhotel Valkenburg staff members and a rider tested positive despite showing no symptoms, according to Cyclingonline.nl, with other team members set for self-isolation after confirming close contact with the affected.

Julia van Bokhoven, Nina Buijsman, Pien Limpens, Lieke Nooijen, Marit Raajimakers and Kirstie van Haaften had been on the team’s provisional start list for Sunday night’s (AEST) event.

Meanwhile, Team DSM revealed a member of their team returned a positive test during a regular round of pre-race testing.

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“A decision has been made by the team to completely withdraw their women’s program ahead of Liege-Bastogne-Liege tomorrow, in order to protect the race bubble; a decision that the UCI and ASO support after being informed,” the team announced.

“All team members feel well and show no symptoms, and more tests will decide further race participants.”

Juliette Labous, Floortje Mackaij, Esmee Peperkamp, Coryn Rivera, Leah Kirchmann and Liane Lippert were on DSM’s provisional start list.

The Liege-Bastogne-Liege will air LIVE, FREE and in HD on SBS VICELAND and SBS On Demand from 7pm (AEST) on April 25.




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Published 25 April 2021 at 11:33am
By SBS Cycling Central
Source: SBS