Two Members of Team USA Test Positive for COVID

October 5, 2020

Finchamp and Wheymeyer tested positive at the Nove Mesto UCI Mountain Bike World Cup.

Colorado Springs, Colo. – 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.

Please direct inquiries to Angelina Palermo at apalermo@usacycling.org.

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