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Quick-Step sporting director tests positive for Covid-19 on eve of Vuelta

Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl said on Thursday they will start the Vuelta a Espana without sporting director Klaas Lodewyck, who has tested positive for Covid-19.

The Vuelta starts with a team trial in Utrecht on Friday, the first of three stages in the Netherlands.

The Belgian team posted on social media that Lodewyck “will not be at the start” but did not say how many stages they expected him to miss.

After the three first days of last month’s Tour de France, Quick-Step were forced to replace 18 members of their set-up due to positive coronavirus tests.

Quick-Step’s Vuelta lineup includes French world champion Julian Alaphilippe and young Belgian star Remco Evenepoel, who is making his second Grand Tour appearance.

“A testing regime and a series of precautions have been implemented within the team, to try to minimise the possibility of any further infection,” they said on Twitter.

Alaphilippe was forced out of the Tour of Wallonia late last month due to a positive Covid-19 test.

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