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Race leader Vlasov out as Covid wreaks havoc on Tour of Switzerland

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Race leader Alexander Vlasov was among about 30 riders who had to withdraw from the Tour of Switzerland on Friday due to multiple cases of Covid-19.

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They joined Adam Yates and the entire Jumbo-Visma team, who had to pull out before Stage 5 on Thursday for the same reason.

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Tour of Romandie champion Vlasov won Thursday’s stage to take the lead in the overall standings, but the Russian rider’s hopes for a second prestigious win were dashed as he tested positive for Covid.

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The 26-year-old was joined by all riders from the UAE, Bahrain-Victorious and Alpecin-Fenix ​​teams.

Vlasov’s Bora-Hansgrohe teammate Anton Palzer also withdrew, while other casualties included EF Education-Easypost who lost four riders, including Colombian veteran Rigoberto Urana.

Vlasov, who raced as a neutral after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, was replaced as the overall leader by Danish driver Jakob Fuglsang of the Israel-Premier Tech team.

On Friday’s leg, the remaining cyclists tackle the 180-kilometer ride from Locarno to Moosalp, which includes climbing the Nufenen Pass, located at an altitude of 2478 meters above sea level.

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Source: sports.yahoo.com

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