Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

June 3, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Greipel takes sprint win at Tour de Luxembourg; Jaramillo takes stage win at Tour of Japan; Gilbert leaving BMC after 2016; Henao set to make return at Dauphiné; Citing Zika virus, pregnant wife, van Garderen withdraws name from Olympic selection; UCI announces women’s Olympic road events allocations; Comedy of errors at Tour of Ukraine; Sagan enjoying an active rest period; Axel Merckx talks about his team’s recent success; Mid-ride with Koen de Kort; Mountain biker nearly falls off cliff

Citing Zika virus, pregnant wife, van Garderen withdraws name from Olympic selection

by Neal Rogers

American Tejay van Garderen will not be competing at the Rio Olympics due to concerns about the Zika virus, and the potential for complications for his pregnant wife.

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Though USA Cycling has not yet announced its athlete selection, which is expected June 24, van Garderen informed the national federation that he did not wish to be considered. His wife, Jessica, is expecting their second child in October.

“If Jessica were not pregnant right now, assuming I was selected, I would go,” van Garderen said. “But the fact is, she is pregnant. If we were just going to start trying, I’d say we could start trying six months after the Olympics. But when she has a baby in her belly, I don’t want to take any chances.”

The U.S. men have just two spots for the Olympic road events; both riders must compete in both the road race and time trial.

A member of the 2012 Olympic team, van Garderen, 27, was perhaps the rider most likely to be selected to Team USA, due to the hilly nature of the Rio road course.

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