Israel-Premier Tech has had to make yet another change to its Tour de France roster after South Africa’s Daryl Impey became the second rider from the team to test positive for Covid-19.
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Impey had been deemed a close contact of someone who had tested positive for coronavirus earlier this week and had not yet traveled out to Denmark to join his team-mates.
He was curiously absent from Wednesday’s official team presentation in Copenhagen.
Impey has been replaced by Guy Niv in the line-up.
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Omer Goldstein was pulled from the team’s Tour de France roster on Wednesday after he too was considered to be a close contact of someone who had tested positive.
Guillaume Boivin will ride in place of Goldstein.
Covid-19 has hit several teams ahead of this year’s Tour de France with a growing number of riders being forced to pull out of the race which gets under way on Friday 1 July with a 13km individual time trial in Copenhagen.
The race will conclude some 3 328km later on the Champs-Elysees in Paris on Sunday, 24 July.
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Impey, who will turn 38 in December this year, was due to race in his ninth Tour de France in what will be the 109th edition of the famed race.
In 2013 Impey memorably became the first South African rider to wear the yellow jersey at the Tour de France, doing so for two days.
DARYL IMPEY WON A STAGE OF THE RACE IN 2019
Six years later he won his first individual stage at the race, winning Stage 9 in Brioude.
Impey has previously represented a number of other teams, including Barloworld, Radioshack, MTN-Qhubeka, Team NetApp and GreenEDGE.
He joined the Israel Premier-Tech team in 2021 on a two-year contract.
He has a best finish of 38th overall in 2016.
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South Africa will still have two riders in the race with Reinardt Janse van Rensburg named in the Lotto Soudal line-up and Louis Meintjes representing the Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux team.
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Updated Israel Premier-Tech line-up
Jakob Fuglsang (DEN), Michael Woods (CAN), Chris Froome (GBR), Guy Niv (Israel), Simon Clarke (AUS), Hugo Houle (CAN), Krists Neilands (LAT), Guillaume Boivin (CAN)