The first casualties were announced for covid-19 in the Tower of Francewhich begins this Friday with the presence of Colombians Nairo Quintana, Rigoberto Urán and Daniel Felipe Martínez.
The covid-19 continues to punish the participants of the 109th edition of the Tour de France that this Friday launches in Copenhagenand this time they have been French Bryan Coquard (You are confident) and the South African Daryl Impey (Israel Premier Tech) those who have had to leave their position to substitute runners due to contagion.
Coquard tested positive for covid and left the race in accordance with the rules of his team, the Tour and the UCI, for which the Saint Nazaire rider has been replaced by his compatriot Pierre-Luc Perichon.
The cyclist who leaves the Tour was the Cofidis card for the sprint arrivals, so now the responsibility will fall on the German Max Walscheid.
In the Israel Premier Tech team there is another casualty, that of the South African sprinter Daryl Impey, who has been replaced by the Israeli Guy Niv, the only one of this nationality in the peloton. The sprinter recently won a stage in the Return to Switzerland.
Guy Niv, will participate “motivated and excited” in his second Tour de France.