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Tadej Pogačar tested positive for COVID-19 last week and although he experienced mild symptoms, he will likely still race the UAE Tour starting February 20. The positive test will not impede the planned schedule of the two-time Tour de France winner, according to a statement from UAE Team Emirates.
“Tadej tested positive for the virus and had mild symptoms. As per guidelines, and in the interest of his health, and the greater community, he underwent the mandatory isolation and recovery period, before resuming light training,” Team Medical Director Dr. Adrian Rotunno said in a statement.
“He is still due to undergo some final medical clearance testing, but should be on track to resume his preparation for his first race of the season, the UAE Tour.”
The UCI medical protocol states that a rider who has tested positive must pass a series of heart and lung tests before returning to competition.
Pogačar is back to training with a big season ahead, the first target being his team’s home event, the UAE Tour, that Pogačar won in 2021.