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Worlds wins for Cosnefroy, Pirrone; Benfatto best in China: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

September 23, 2017

Cosnefroy wins under 23 world road race championship; Pirrone adds junior road race title to time trial gold; Benfatto wins again at Tour of China II; Degenkolb hospitalized as health issues continue; Hammer series expands in 2018 with Hammer Stavanger; ‘Screw the naysayers’: Chloe Hosking ready to make an impact at Worlds; Deignan: I wanted to be on the startline to end the season on my own terms; Ride with Marianne Vos at the Holden Giro della Donna; Video: Riding a bike blind – Daniel Kish’s echolocation in action

Degenkolb hospitalized as health issues continue

by Shane Stokes

Former Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix winner John Degenkolb’s difficult end of season has continued with the news that he has been hospitalized for tests. The German withdrew from the Vuelta a España with suspected bronchitis, exiting the race prior to the start of the fifth stage.

He returned to racing in the Brussels Cycling Classic and the following day finished a solid tenth in the GP de Fourmies. Tenth on stage one of the PostNord Danmark Rundt was also promising, but he withdraw from that event after stage five.

“In the last races he did, John suffered from breathing problems and a serious lack of power that prevented him to perform at his level,” said Trek-Segafredo doctor Jens Hinder on Friday. “His condition was not improving enough over the last week, so we decided he had to undergo more profound examinations of his heart and lungs.

“John is feeling relatively well but has been hospitalized pending the results of these examinations. We will publish an update on his condition as soon as we have more information.”

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