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Jan Bakelants puts an end to his season after a positive Covid test

Jan Bakelants puts an end to his season after a positive Covid test

Bakelants had some mild symptoms on Friday when coming home from training, and immediately did a new PCR test. The medical team of Circus-Wanty Gobert-Tormans was informed Friday evening about the positive PCR test. Jan Bakelants was placed in isolation.

Bakelants was tested negative the evening before the Brabantse Pijl and didn't have any symptoms on the day of the race or the day after. Bakelants was removed from the team and placed in isolation. The Belgian rider was selected for Ghent-Wevelgem, but will be replaced by Ludwig De Winter.

The priority of our team Circus-Wanty Gobert stays the health of the riders and the staff. As not one member of the team has been in contact with Jan Bakelants after his return home on Wednesday evening after the Brabantse Pijl and all PCR tests of Tuesday evening were negative, no members of the team will have to be placed in quarantine. Following the medical protocol of the UCI for the competition restart, the whole team (riders and staff) will be retested  before the next participations in races.

Dr. Joost De Maeseneer - Head doctor :
« Just like the rest of the team, Jan Bakelants tested negative on Tuesday, the evening before the Brabantse Pijl. Jan competed in the Brabantse Pijl without problems, before returning home on Wednesday evening. He trained normally on Thursday, without symptoms. »

« Jan trained alone again on Friday. When returning home, he had mild symptoms and did a new PCR test, which was positive. The health of Jan is good and the symptoms stay mild. Following the medical protocol of our team and the UCI, Jan will stay in isolation at home during at least seven days. He will not take part in races anymore in 2020. »