Astana Pro Team replaces Natarov and Pronskiy for Giro d’Italia
Astana Pro Team has replaced Kazakh riders Yuriy Natarov and Vadim Pronskiy for the upcoming Giro d’Italia, as they’ve been in close contact with their colleague Zhandos Bizhigitov, who tested positive for COVID-19 and is symptomatic. Natarov and Pronskiy will be replaced by Jonas Gregaard Wilsly and Rodrigo Contreras.
Alexey Lutsenko also tested positive for COVID-19 before his participation at the World Championships, he’s been in isolation since this result but is asymptomatic, as he’s waiting for the results of his retests.
General Manager Alexandr Vinokurov: “It’s sad that we had to withdraw Yuriy Natarov and Vadim Pronskiy, as they all would’ve made their debut in the Giro d’Italia, but the protocol is very strict. Even while being asymptomatic, they could’ve spread the virus among their colleagues as they were in close contact with Zhandos Bizhigitov. We hope Zhandos Bizhigitov gets well soon and that all the other riders will test negative in the upcoming period to make sure they can participate in upcoming races.”