Due to a positive case of Covid-19 within it, the French formation Groupama-FDJ will not finally take the start of the Grand Prix de l’Escaut scheduled for Wednesday.
A hard blow for Groupama-FDJ. Indeed, the French road cycling team will not finally take the start of the 2021 edition of the Grand Prix de l’Escaut, scheduled for Wednesday. And for good reason, a positive case for the new coronavirus was identified within it, this Wednesday morning. It is the formation itself which announced the news, via its account Twitter official, this Wednesday morning, in these terms: “We will not take the start of ScheldePrijs (editor’s note: Grand Prix de l’Escaut) this Wednesday, due to the positive control for Covid-19 of one of the members of our team. “ A message posted without further details. Consequently, this positive test for the new coronavirus can concern a rider in training, or even a member of the technical staff.
We will not take the start of the #ScheldePrijs this Wednesday, because of the positive control for Covid-19 of one of the members of our team.
– Groupama-FDJ Cycling Team (@GroupamaFDJ) April 7, 2021
Démare could have hoped for something
Among the riders of the formation who should have taken the start of this event, we can cite the French Arnaud Démare (29 years old), who would certainly have had a real possibility of being able to play his luck to the end. Among the other riders selected by the team for this race were the Dutch Ramon Sinkeldam (32), the Swede Tobias Ludvigsson (30), the Lithuanian Ignatas Konovalovas (35), the Italian Jacopo Guarnieri (33 years), Canadian Antoine Duchesne (29) and Briton Lewis Askey (19). All these beautiful people under the leadership of sports director Frédéric Guesdon. This Wednesday also, the Groupama-FDJ formation is engaged in the third stage of the Tour of the Basque Country. As for the Grand Prix de l’Escaut, this semi-classic Flandrian, UCI ProSeries 2021 1.Pro race, was won in 2020 by the Australian Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal), who had triumphed in front of the Italian Niccolo Bonifazio ( Total Direct Energie) and Frenchman Bryan Coquard (B&B Hotels-Vital Concept p / b KTM).