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COVID-19 strikes at the Tour de France: Tim Declercq out after positive test

The Belgian domestique is out days before the race starts.

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Tim Declercq will miss the Tour de France after returning a positive test for COVID-19.

The Belgian was set to form part of Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl’s team for the Tour with the race starting on July 1 in Copenhagen.

The news of the Declercq’s positive case was first reported by Sporza with Patrick Lefevere confirming the news in a series of text messages to VeloNews.

Florian Sénéchal will take Declercq’s place, leaving Mark Cavendish as the next reserve rider on the team’s list.