Australian cyclist Jai Hindley tests positive for COVID19

Australian cyclist Jai Hindley has tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of next week’s UCI Road World Championships in Wollongong.

Hindley tested positive in Spain on September 12, following his efforts at the Vuelta a Espana road race.

Australian cycling team chief medical officer Dr Kevyn Hernandez says Hindley is largely asymptomatic but will be monitored closely over the coming days before hopefully joining the team next week.

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“We’re in regular contact with Jai and his support team in Europe,” she said.

“Jai’s health is something we are monitoring daily with him and his professional team.

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“Jai tested positive more than a week before the competition, but we will make a final decision on his participation closer to the event. As with all events, we have a plan B and plan C, something all sporting teams need to have these days.

“At this stage, we’re hoping Jai will be able to leave Europe on Monday to join the rest of the team in Wollongong mid-week.”

Hindley won the Giro d’Italia in May, becoming the first Australian rider to win Italy’s Grand Tour.

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