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Warren Barguil out of Tour de France after positive COVID-19 test

109th Tour de France 2022 - Stage 12

ALPE D’HUEZ, FRANCE - JULY 14: Warren Barguil of France and Team Arkéa - Samsic competes during the 109th Tour de France 2022, Stage 12 a 165,1km stage from Briançon to L’Alpe d’Huez 1471m / #TDF2022 / #WorldTour / on July 14, 2022 in Alpe d’Huez, France. (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

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LE BOURG-D’OISANS, France -- French climber Warren Barguil has been forced out of the Tour de France after testing positive for COVID-19.

Barguil’s Arkea-Samsic team said in a statement ahead of Stage 13 that his seven teammates all tested negative.

It’s the second straight year that Barguil, who injured his right hip and shoulder in a crash, abandoned the three-week race. He was 24th in the general classification, nearly 43 minutes behind race leader Jonas Vingegaard.

Barguil came to prominence on the 2017 Tour when he posted two stage wins and claimed the King of the Mountains polka-dot jersey.

Stage 13 takes the Tour peloton from Le Bourg d’Oisans to Saint-Etienne. Vingegaard, the Jumbo-Visma leader, defends a lead of 2 minutes, 22 seconds over defending champion Tadej Pogacar from the UAE-Emirates team.