Update: We have learned that Hannah Finchamp racing in Nove Mesto for her trade team Orange Seal Off-Road Team and Pieter Wheymeyer, a soigneur working for the Bear National Team at the event, are two of the five people who have tested positive.
PRESS RELEASE: USA Cycling: USA Cycling has been notified by the UCI that two people planning to travel from the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup event in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic to join the USA Cycling delegation at the UCI World Championships in Leogang, Austria tested positive for COVID-19 during testing at the UCI World Cup event over the weekend. The rider and staff member have both started quarantine at this time.
Hannah Finchamp (Altadena, Calif., Orange Seal Off-Road Team), racing in Nove Mesto for her trade team, tested positive on site and missed Sunday’s race. She traveled to Prague for a second COVID-19 rapid test. The second test was also positive. Finchamp began her quarantine in the Czech Republic immediately following the positive test. USA Cycling is coordinating with her team to have her stay in Prague and quarantine until she is clear to fly following USA Cycling’s COVID policy. Despite the positive test, Hannah is feeling well and has only experienced minimal symptoms.
Pieter Wheymeyer, a soigneur working for the Bear National Team at the event, tested positive. He immediately returned to his home in Kitzbuhel, Austria on Sunday and reported to the Austrian Health officials that he tested positive.
USA Cycling has been in contact with the Austrian Health Organization to provide names, dates of birth, and contact information for the athletes and staff that were in the same group at the World Cup where the positive tests resulted.
Before leaving Nove Mesto, members of Team USA were tested. All test results came back negative. USA Cycling has spoken with UCI officials and will have that delegation re-tested once they arrive in Austria.
Statement: Hannah Finchamp
"I am devastated to find myself here, in this position. On Saturday, I tested Positive for the Covid-19 virus. It still feels shocking and heartbreaking to say those words. Since the Pandemic started in March, I have exercised an abundance of caution. I have self-quarantined at home, worn masks at all times in public, minimized trips to the grocery store to every 2 weeks to limit exposure, and in fact, Clayton and I recently postponed our wedding an entire year out of an abundance of caution. Prior to flying to Europe, I completed 3 negative PCR COVID-19 tests in staggered intervals to ensure that I would not be bringing anything with me. Once I arrived in Europe I also tested negative for the virus."
Hannah will be quarantining in the Czech Republic until further notice under the care of the Team USA Doctor and will not be traveling to Austria to compete in the 2020 World Championships.
The UCI has stepped up its testing protocol in Leogang after 5 positive COVID-19 tests were registered at the Nove Mesto World Cup.
Testing was carried out on Saturday morning in Nove Mesto and it currently isn't known who has tested positive or whether they were riders or other staff. The UCI is apparently satisfied that appropriate measures were taken following the positive tests but will still test everyone that has come from Nove Mesto today at the request of the Austrian authorities. The mandatory tests are in addition to the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test that is required to enter the Leogang bubble and failure to take one will result in loss of accreditation and subsequent removal from the event.
The UCI's full statement is below:
Press Release: UCI
Following the COVID-19 tests that were taken in Nove Mesto at the UCI XCO World Cup on Saturday morning, 2nd October, we have been notified that 5 tests have been returned positive.
The individuals concerned were informed by the Austrian testing agency and subsequently we have contacted the relevant teams/national federations concerned to understand their current situation and the measures taken since notification of the test result.
Whilst we are satisfied that appropriate measures have been taken, due to the fact that positive cases have been identified at the event, the Austrian authorities in conjunction with the organizing committee in Leogang have requested an additional test be taken on-site in Leogang for all persons who were present in Nove Mesto.
The test will be a “quick test” with an immediate result and will be entirely funded by the Leogang organisers. There will not be a charge to the individual being tested. This “quick test” does not replace the required negative PCR test. These tests are mandatory if you have been on the list from Nove Mesto, and failure to take one will result in loss of accreditation and subsequent removal from the event.
We appreciate the inconvenience to you to take this extra test but to satisfy the Austrian authorities that everything is being done to maximize the health of all those present and travelling between countries, and to safeguard the event, we hope you understand the importance and we thank you very much for your cooperation.
These tests will be carried out on Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th October between 15:00 – 19:00, please follow signage.
Each National Federation/nationality has a time slot on both days, please respect it where possible to try to reduce waiting time:
15:00 – 16:00. AND, ARG, AUS, AUT, BEL, BRA, BIH, BUL, CAN, CHI, COL, CRO.
16:00 – 17:00. CRC, CZE, DEN, ESP, EST, FIN, FRA, GBR, GER, GRE, HUN, IRE.
17:00 – 18:00. ISL, ISR, ITA, JPN, LAT, LES, LTU, LUX, MEX, NAM, NED, NZL.
18:00 – 19:00. POL, POR, ROU, RUS, RSA, SLO, SRB, SUI, SVK, SWE, UKR, USA.
We commend the UCI and organisers in Leogang on their robust response to the potential infection. We wish a quick recovery to the individuals affected.
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