Cycling-Giro d'Italia champion Bernal tests positive for COVID-19

Cycling - Giro d'Italia - Stage 21 - Senago to Milan, Italy - May 30, 2021 Ineos Grenadiers rider Egan Arley Bernal Gomez of Colombia on the podium as he celebrates wearing the maglia rosa and winning the Giro d'Italia REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

PARIS (Reuters) - Giro d'Italia champion and 2019 Tour de France winner Egan Bernal has tested positive for COVID-19, his Ineos-Grenadiers team said on Friday.

"Egan Bernal has tested positive for COVID-19 following a routine test on Thursday ahead of his planned return to Colombia this weekend," the British outfit said in a statement.

"He will now self-isolate at his European base according to the necessary guidelines. He has displayed mild symptoms but is in good health. Egan still plans to return to Colombia once his isolation period is over to mark his Giro d'Italia victory in his homeland."

Bernal was not scheduled to take part in the Tour de France, which starts on June 26.

(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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