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The UAE Tour has been cancelled upon the discovery of two Italian "staff members" testing positive for coronavirus. "Safety comes at the top of all priorities," race organisers Abu Dhabi Sports Council said. Britain's Adam Yates, who led after Thursday's fifth stage, has been declared the winner as the remaining two stages have been cancelled.


Organisers had initially said that the two people taken ill were "participants" in the race. "Two Italian staff members of one of the teams participating in the UAE Tour have tested positive for the coronavirus," the UAE Tour later said on Twitter. The decision has been taken to ensure (the) protection of all the race's participants."


Riders at the event, are now being tested for the virus. "It's a shame that the UAE Tour has been cancelled but public health must come first," one of the riders tweeted. "We're awaiting testing and will remain at the hotel until further notice."


The UAE's ministry of health and prevention said all riders, administrative staff and organisers will be examined through "continuous periodic screening" and quarantine measures will be taken to "curb the spread of its outbreak".

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