Ineos staff member who tested positive for coronavirus on Monday has returned two negative tests

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Pavel Sivakov of Russia and Team INEOS Grenadiers / Egan Arley Bernal Gomez of Colombia and Team INEOS Grenadiers / Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland and Team INEOS Grenadiers / during the 107th Tour de France 2020, Stage 14 a 194km stage from Clermont-Ferrand to Lyon - GETTY IMAGESPavel Sivakov of Russia and Team INEOS Grenadiers / Egan Arley Bernal Gomez of Colombia and Team INEOS Grenadiers / Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland and Team INEOS Grenadiers / during the 107th Tour de France 2020, Stage 14 a 194km stage from Clermont-Ferrand to Lyon - GETTY IMAGES
Pavel Sivakov of Russia and Team INEOS Grenadiers / Egan Arley Bernal Gomez of Colombia and Team INEOS Grenadiers / Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland and Team INEOS Grenadiers / during the 107th Tour de France 2020, Stage 14 a 194km stage from Clermont-Ferrand to Lyon – GETTY IMAGES
<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The Ineos Grenadiers staff member who tested positive for coronavirus on Monday's rest day, putting the team at risk of being sent home from the Tour de France, has now returned two negative tests for Covid-19, Telegraph Sport understands.” data-reactid=”17″>The Ineos Grenadiers staff member who tested positive for coronavirus on Monday’s rest day, putting the team at risk of being sent home from the Tour de France, has now returned two negative tests for Covid-19, Telegraph Sport understands.

Ineos were one of four teams – along with Mitchelton-Scott, Cofidis and AG2R- La Mondiale – who had one member of staff each test positive for Covid-19 at the last round of testing.

With organisers ASO promising to send home any team who returned two positive tests in seven days, that put those four teams on red alert.

ASO has since confirmed that the ‘counter will be reset’ ahead of the next rest day on Monday. Nevertheless, Ineos would still have been sent home had any other staff member developed symptoms and then tested positive this week.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Telegraph Sport understands that the Ineos staff member, whose role it was to travel ahead of the race and prepare the hotels for the team, has now had a second PCR test and an antibody test. Both came back negative. The team are awaiting the results of a third PCR test. Ineos declined to comment.” data-reactid=”25″>Telegraph Sport understands that the Ineos staff member, whose role it was to travel ahead of the race and prepare the hotels for the team, has now had a second PCR test and an antibody test. Both came back negative. The team are awaiting the results of a third PCR test. Ineos declined to comment.

Sir Dave Brailsford, Ineos team principal, said earlier this week that his team were redoubling efforts to avoid Covid-19 and were “very strict” about enforcing the protocols.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Ineos’ 2019 Tour champion&nbsp;Egan Bernal lies third, 59secs behind race leader Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma), in the general classification ahead of stage 14 from Clermont-Ferrand to Lyon.” data-reactid=”27″>Ineos’ 2019 Tour champion Egan Bernal lies third, 59secs behind race leader Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma), in the general classification ahead of stage 14 from Clermont-Ferrand to Lyon.

Meanwhile, authorities will reinforce restrictions on spectators on Tour de France climbs situated in coronavirus ‘red zones’ to avoid mass gatherings, organisers said on Saturday.

Organisers had announced on Friday that fans would not be allowed at stages finishes.

“There will be a stronger filtering at the bottom of the climbs,” Pierre-Yves Thouault, the head of cycling at Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) told reporters before the start of Saturday’s 14th stage to Lyon.

“There was already some filtering on 26 climbs. Now the filtering will be stricter and no fans will be allowed at the top of the Col du Grand Colombier (the finish of Sunday’s 15th stage), 400 metres from the line and 300 metres after the line,” Thouault added, explaining that all decisions would be made by local authorities.