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Anger at BORA-hansgrohe about corona rules after start ban Gent-Wevelgem | NOW

BORA-hansgrohe was banned from starting on Sunday morning shortly before the start of Gent-Wevelgem. The German team does not understand that decision and the Belgian corona guidelines.

“I am very disappointed and angry,” says team manager Ralph Denk on the BORA-hansgrohe website. “A local driver can deny an entire team participation in one of the biggest races.”

On Friday, BORA was also not allowed to start in the Belgian race E3 Saxo Bank Classic, because rider Matthew Walls had tested positive for COVID-19. On Sunday, the Germans Nils Politt, Pascal Ackermann (photo), Marcus Burghardt, Michael Schwarzmann, Rüdiger Selig, the Italian Daniel Oss and the Pole Maciej Bodnar were already ready for the start when they were told that they were not allowed to drive.

“After that positive result, Walls, like his roommate and his physical therapist as Category 1 contact persons, went into quarantine,” explains Denk. “Then we were ordered to quarantine some other riders as well. It was completely unclear and arbitrary why some riders should be isolated and others not.”

BORA fears it will also have to miss Dwars door Vlaanderen

Denk has no understanding for the corona measures in Belgium. “We have been tested here daily and except for Walls the result was always negative. We did everything we could to be allowed to start, but the doctor did not even want to talk to us last night.”

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“Honestly, I cannot understand why other teams are allowed to race in similar circumstances. The team must even be quarantined until April 1, so we will also miss Dwars door Vlaanderen.”

After Trek-Segafredo, BORA is the second team that is not allowed to participate in Gent-Wevelgem. In the formation of defending champion Mads Pedersen, there were two positive corona tests. Koen de Kort would ride on behalf of Trek in the Belgian semi-classic.

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