Peter Sagan, Two Teammates, Test Positive for COVID-19

Slovakian sprinter Peter Sagan has tested positive for Covid-19 at a Bora-Hansgrohe team training camp on the Canary islands.

By Jessica Coulon |

Slovak pro cyclist Peter Sagan has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a statement released on February 6 by his team, Bora-Hansgrohe.

The news comes after he had spent a few weeks at a team training camp in Gran Canaria, Spain—part of the Canary Islands archipelago. Sagan learned he had contracted the virus after taking a PCR test on January 29, prior to flying home.

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Sagan wasn’t the only team rider to contract the coronavirus, either. His brother, Juraj, and Erik Baska also both received positive test results. According to the team’s doctor, Christopher Edler, “all three are exhibiting mild, general symptoms of illness and at this time are able to remain in domestic quarantine in accordance with state guidelines until they recover.”

“We are all feeling well but, obviously, since that day, we have remained in quarantine,” Sagan said in the team’s statement and on social media. “We are kept under continuous remote supervision and will remain here for as long as required. Hopefully, our next test results will be negative so that we can resume our normal training schedule as soon as possible.”


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The next race on the men’s WorldTour schedule is the UAE Tour from February 21 to 27—which happens to be the first WorldTour race that was impacted by the coronavirus pandemic nearly one year ago.

“The timing is certainly not ideal, but then again, there is no good time to become ill with Covid,” said Ralph Denk, the team’s manager, in the statement. “What this means for the start of the season cannot yet be exactly known. First, all three must be fully healthy again and receive medical clearance, and then we can consider what the next steps will be.”

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