Evenepoel wins time trial before withdrawing from Giro d’Italia after positive COVID test

CESENA, Italy (AP) — Pre-race favorite Remco Evenepoel has won another time trial to move back into the overall lead of the Giro d’Italia but he later had to withdraw after testing positive for the coronavirus. Evenepoel beat Geraint Thomas by just one second on the almost entirely flat 35-kilometer (22-mile) route from Savignano Sul Rubicone to Cesena near the Adriatic coast on Sunday. That was enough for Evenepoel to win the ninth stage and take back the leader’s pink jersey. The world champion was 45 seconds ahead of Thomas and 47 ahead of Primož Roglič. Thomas has moved into the overall lead after Evenepoel withdrew.

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