The Danish world champion in road cycling, Mads Pedersen (Trek), withdraws from Paris-Nice, while the rest of the team run on Saturday.
It informs the Trek on Twitter.
the Reason is that the Danish authorities have invited all Danish citizens to return home if they are abroad because of the fear of the spread of the coronavirus.
the Rest of Trek-team is running, however Saturday's stage in the course, which will be the last, according to the organizer on Friday announced that Sunday 8. stage is cancelled.
- As a team we have always said that we would respect the authorities in this emergency. My country has asked all Danish citizens to come home as soon as possible, in agreement with the team starts I'm not here for the morning to respect this decision, says Mads Pedersen for the team's twitterprofil.
- It is sad to leave my teammates just before the final stage, but we believe that we have to respect the authorities. I hope that by running in these days gave some relief to many cycling fans, he adds.
the Teams Bahrain-McLaren and the Israel Start-Up Nation had already withdrawn from the race. Other teams such as Ineos, CCC, Astana and Movistar asked not to start in the race due to the spread of the coronavirus.
Mads Pedersen reached therefore to implement the six stages of the Paris-Nice, where his best etapeplacering was a 22.-space.
He could, however, see the portrait by Søren Kragh Andersen win the time trial at the 4. stage of the course, which overall kept by the German Maximilian Schachmann.