The BikeExchange-Jayco leader team leader was fifth overall after Tuesday’s time trial and targeting a podium finish in the hope of securing a haul of UCI ranking points as the Australian team fight to avoid relegation from the WorldTour.
BikeExchange-Jayco said the 30-year-old British rider suffered with mild symptoms overnight and returned a positive test on Wednesday morning. In accordance with strict team policy, Yates will not continue in the Vuelta. Yates won the 2018 Vuelta and was third in the 2021 Giro d’Italia.
BikeExchange-Jayco said their medical team will carry out further testing to ensure the safety of other team riders and staff members.
“During the night our rider Simon Yates had some COVID-19 symptoms with a light fever and body aches. We carried out a COVID-19 test this morning and unfortunately, he has returned a positive test result, and will therefore not be taking to the start line of today’s 11th stage, with rider health and wellbeing our priority,” team doctor Dani Castillo said.