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Sunweb rider Michael Storer Sacked from training camp after breaking coronavirus rules

Sent home from team training camp in Kühtai, Austria after leaving hotel to go shopping, despite riders being banned from leaving the premises to avoid the risk of infection

The 23-year-old Australian Michael Storer left the team hotel to go shopping without permisssion.

The Sunweb team riders are split into three “bubbles”, with no one being allowed physical contact with the outside world.

“We want to limit the interaction with the outside world as much as possible to minimise the risk of infection of the various bubbles.”

The men’s, women’s and development Sunweb squads are all in Austria, 2,000 metres above sea level, to prepare for the season,

WorldTour racing is set to return on August 1, with Strade Bianche the first race on the new calendar.

Sunweb stated,  “In close cooperation with the facility, extensive precautions regarding health and safety are being taken, so that the team can put the finishing touches to their training, safely and in a top sports environment.

“To further manage risk, the team will operate in multiple bubbles for rider and staff groups, with no two bubbles allowed to mix during their travel, or time on the camp. In addition, all riders and staff must provide a negative COVID-19 test before travelling to the camp.”