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Adam Yates announced UAE Tour winner after deadly Coronavirus cancels race

Britain's Adam Yates was announced the winner of the UAE Tour, after the final two stages fell victim to suspected corona-virus outbreak, all riders and staff quarantined in hotels until further notice

Yates led the overall race after Thursday's fifth stage of the WorldTour event scheduled to finish on Saturday. Second was Tadej Pogacar of Slovenia with Kazak Alexey Lutsenko third.

The race was abandoned after two members of one of the teams taking part fell ill with fevers, organisers said in a statement Friday. Officials had initially wrongly identified the two as Italian riders and doubts are they tested positive for corona-virus.

All riders and staff as well as race officials are to undergo testing for the virus at their hotel in Abu Dhabi, the statement said.

The UAE health ministry said in a statement that all necessary measures "including quarantine" could be used to contain the virus.

Britain's Chris Froome, among the 140 riders who started the race on Sunday, said late on Thursday he was expecting to be tested at the team hotel, "We are all awaiting testing and will remain at the hotel until further notice. I hope those affected make a speedy recovery and there aren't any further cases of #coronavirus," he tweeted.

Italy has been hardest hit by the virus in Europe with 650 people infected and 17 deaths.

A total of 24 Italian cyclists started the race in the UAE.

The United Arab Emirates has so far recorded 13 cases of contamination from the virus.

Photo: Team Hotel is currently on lockdown as all teams and their staff are quarantined until tested.

 

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