Coronavirus The Emirates Tour is suspended
Cyclists, organization and journalists are confined in their hotels
The Tour of the United Arab Emirates that has been held since last 23 and should end on Saturday 29, has been suspended by the coronavirus, as just reported by sources of RCS, organizing company of the Tour of Italy and tests such as the Adriatic Tyrrhenian and Milan San Remo and the Emirati.
The expansion of the coronavirus by some countries has lethally influenced the cycling test in the absence of two stages for its completion.
About 7:45 p.m. (4:45 p.m. in Spain), both the participating teams and members of the organization and news media received a note to establish the ban on leaving the hotels.
"By order of the Abu Dhabi authorities, the departure of people staying in hotels is prohibited," which affected all the equipment housed in the Yas Marina Hotel, located next to the speed circuit and the components of the Press and organization, located in the Crown Hotel, about 500 meters from the previous one.
The director of the test, Mauro Vegni went to the hotel of the cyclists to meet with the directors and discuss the situation. Hence the decision to cancel the second edition of the Tour of the United Arab Emirates, the only one of the World Tour in the Middle East.
According to news from the authorities, all people staying in both hotels must pass sanitary controls to rule out infections, and if so, establish the precise protocol.
The race celebrated today the fifth stage with high end, in Jebel Hafeet, with victory of Slovenian Tadej Pogacar. The leader and virtual winner is the Englishman Adam Yates.