The Danish world champion in road cycling, Mads Pedersen, is on Saturday morning pulled from the etapeløbet Paris-Nice.

he does, even though his team, Trek-Segafredo, continues in the race.

This write-Trek-Segafredo on Twitter.

“As a team we have always said that we should respect the authorities in this emergency. My country has asked all Danish citizens to come home as soon as possible, so in accordance with the team starts I’m not here for the morning to respect the decision,” says Mads Pedersen on the team’s Twitter page.

“It is sad to leave my team-mates before the final stage, but we believe that it is right to respect the authorities. I hope that we gave redemption to all cycling fans by running in this week.”

the Decision comes after prime minister Mette Frederiksen’s announcement Friday that all danes should seek home to Denmark as soon as possible, while the borders are closing down on Saturday at 12.00.

Simultaneously advised against all unnecessary travel out of the country. Get the latest news on the coronavirussens development in B. T.’s liveblog here.

on Saturday morning, it came also forward, to the team Israel Start-Up Nation, who has Danish Mads Würtz Schmidt on the team for Paris-Nice, has withdrawn from the French stage race prior to today’s stage.

Already within the course selected the teams CCC, Team Ineos, Astana and Movistar to withdraw from all cycling for a period of time, while the team Bahrain-Maclaren withdrew from the race before Friday’s stage.

the Paris-Nice should have been completed with a stage on Sunday, but it has been cancelled.

Saturday’s stage is going to be settled where the riders are going out on a hilly route from Nice to Valdeblore La Colmiane.

Søren Kragh Andersen (Team Sunweb) won the time trial on the fourth stage, while the course pursued by German Maximillian Schachmand (Bora-Hansgrohe).