Irish cyclists Sam Bennett and Eddie Dunbar are among riders who will be tested for the coronavirus after the UAE Tour was cancelled amid Coronavirus fears on Thursday.

The final two stages of the race were due to take place on Friday and Saturday but the race was abandoned after two members of staff on the race were taken ill.

All riders and staff on the tour, which began on Sunday, were confined to their rooms at the Crowne Royal Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island.

Chris Froome, who was using the race to make his long-awaited comeback from the career-threatening injuries he suffered last June, posted on Twitter that he was awaiting a test for the virus.

Concerns over the virus could now spread to the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Berlin.

Danish rider Michael Morkov completed the first four stages of the UAE Tour but then travelled to Berlin to compete in Sunday's Madison, and was seen in the velodrome on Thursday

A statement from the Abu Dhabi Sports Council said: "The Abu Dhabi Sports Council has cancelled the remaining rounds of the 2020 UAE Tour after two Italian participants had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19.

"The decision has been taken to ensure protection of all the race's participants as safety comes at the top of all priorities.

"In the meantime, the Ministry of Health and Prevention said that all the race's participants, administrative staff and organisers will be examined through the continuous periodic screening being conducted, and all needed procedures, including quarantine measures, will be taken to ensure viral suppression and curb the spread of its outbreak in coordination with all health and other authorities concerned in the country.

"The ministry added that all the necessary precautions to ensure highly efficient preventive measures are being taken, including check-ups and observation of people in contact with patients, to guarantee protection of the society and its safety and preserve public trust."

Britain's Adam Yates, riding for Mitchelton-Scott, was in the leader's red jersey following Thursday's stage five to Jebel Hafeet.