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Team Jumbo-Visma breaks up training camp in Spain

Jumbo-Visma ends training camp after a positive COVID test on the team
Team Jumbo-Visma canceled its training camp in Spain on Wednesday after a team member tested positive for COVID. Durango’s Sepp Kuss, far right, competes with the team. Courtesy Team Jumbo-Visma.

After a positive corona test within the team, Team Jumbo-Visma ended its training camp in Alicante on Wednesday. Those who are allowed to go home, could go home or continue training individually basis in Spain, with minimal support from the team.

The infected person and “close contacts” are quarantined in accordance with the guidelines.

The team conducted daily tests on all people in its bubble. The first training was Tuesday morning. In the afternoon, the team was presented to the media via a live stream. The infection was contracted at home. Because everyone trained and ate in separate compartments as a precautionary measure, the number of close contacts is limited.

Nevertheless, the suspension of the training camp is a setback for Team Jumbo-Visma.

“The doomsday scenario has come true,” said Mathieu Heijboer, performance manager of the team. “This is a scenario that we have taken into account, of course. We had already decided how to act in such a situation, and we had taken all kinds of measures. Breaking up is the best option to prevent further spread. It is a logistical job to get done.”

“The health of our riders and our staff is our main concern. That’s why we are breaking down our training camp,” said Sportive director Merijn Zeeman. “It has been confirmed once again that it is extremely challenging to organize these kinds of activities in these times. We continue to do our utmost to ensure our riders can continue their preparation for the season within the possibilities. It’s a pity, but it is the only right choice.”