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by Shane Stokes
March 19, 2015
LottoNL-Jumbo general classification rider Robert Gesink has had a frustrating few months, and now faces further delays in relation to the 2015 season.
The Dutchman had been due to ride this weekend’s Tour of Zeeland Seaports and then go on to the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, starting next Monday, as well.
However his team has announced that he has picked up a minor knee injury and has decided to cancel both those races.
He will instead continue training in Girona and is hoping to be in the right shape to be able to ride the Vuelta al País Vasco.
It begins on April 6. His team also states that he wants to ride Classic events; it hasn’t specified which ones but, given his characteristics, it’s clear that he has the Ardennes Classics in mind.
Gesink has had a complicated time in recent months. Last year he underwent heart surgery to correct an arrhythmia. This prevented him from being able to ride the Tour de France, and he lined out instead in the Vuelta a España.
However he had to withdraw from that race while in seventh place overall due to medical complications experienced by his pregnant wife. She had undergone two surgeries during the race, but the situation remained delicate.
His newborn son was hospitalised earlier this year, leading to Gesink’s withdrawal from his first race of the season, the Volta ao Algarve. He was a non-starter in the stage three time trial.
Gesink, his team and his fans will hope that his fortunes change soon and he can have a much-deserved smooth run on and off the bike.