Pogacar's cycle team first to get vaccine

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Tour de France champion Tadej Pogacar and his UAE Emirates teammates have been vaccinated against COVID-19 at a training camp in Abu Dhabi.

"The riders and staff of the Tour de France 2020 winning team UAE Team Emirates have taken the UAE Ministry of Health & Prevention approved COVID-19 vaccine developed by Sinopharm CNBG," UAE Emirates said in a statement on Friday.

"A total of 27 riders, including the Tour de France 2020 winner Slovenian cyclist Tadej Pogacar, plus 32 staff have now received the vaccine."

They are the first professional cycling team to be vaccinated.

Among those vaccinated was Colombian Fernando Gaviria, who last October became one of the rare patients to have had the disease twice.

The pandemic forced the 2020 cycling season to shut down for four-and-a-half months before resuming in August, with Pogacar ending up winning the Tour in September.

The 2021 World Tour season is set to start with the UAE Tour scheduled for February 21-27. The Tour Down Under, which was scheduled to open the season in Australia on January 19, was cancelled.