Israel – Premier Tech will make a late change to its Tour de France line up after Omer Goldstein was deemed a high risk close contact while travelling to Copenhagen. With the high risk of transmission at this time, the team has decided to replace Goldstein with Canadian Guillaume Boivin, who has joined the team today.
“It pains me deeply to give up the Tour de France that I worked so hard for and expected to do well at. It’s devastating really. But I do understand the team’s decision to not take the risk and endanger the health of my teammates. I wish my teammates the best for the next three weeks,” said Goldstein.
Daryl Impey was also considered a close contact earlier in the week and as such, has not yet joined the team’s bubble. As such Impey will not be present at tonight’s team presentation and a decision will be made tomorrow morning as to whether Impey can join the team and race on Friday, otherwise a replacement will be named.
Sporting Manager Rik Verbrugghe tested positive while travelling to Copenhagen and will return home before joining the race when it is safe to do so.