The UAE Tour has been canceled after two Italian staff members tested positive for the deadly coronavirus. The organizers of the event said the two patients were participants in the race.
The Abu Dhabi Sports Council defended the cancellation of the race, saying the safety comes at the top of all priorities.
Riders at the event are currently undergoing more tests for the virus. Adam Yates of Britain, who led after Thursday’s fifth stage, was crowned the winner.
More than 80,000 in about 50 countries have tested positive for the virus. Latest reports indicate that more than 2800 people have died since the outbreak. The majority of the deaths were reported in China.