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by Shane Stokes
September 5, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Viviani wins stage two of the Tour of Britain after Boasson-Hagen relegated; Boasson Hagen responds to relegation; Phinney disqualified from Tour of Britain; Dennis out of Vuelta, Frankiny also forced to withdraw; UCI rejects criticism of hidden motor tests, but Stade 2 report raises important questions; Haig extends with Orica-Scott; Gilbert and Van Avermaet named as leaders for Belgian world championship squad; Starting the Race to the Rock with a huge handicap; Tech: Wattbike launches new indoor trainer for home users; Video: Red Hook Crit Barcelona; Video: Orica-Scott Backstage pass from stage 15 of the Vuelta a España; Video: 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Boels Rental Ladies Tour, highlights day 6; Video: When roadies go off-road
Australian rider Rohan Dennis has been forced to call an end to his Vuelta a España, departing one day before Tuesday’s time trial. He had been sitting 81st overall after working for Nicolas Roche and Tejay van Garderen during the race.
“I had a bit of a dry throat during the travel after stage 15 and then I woke up in the middle of the night in a full sweat and with a bad throat,” he said on Monday’s rest day. “It only got worse by this morning. It’s difficult to pull out now knowing that I’m one of the favourites for the time trial tomorrow. But my priority is getting my health right before the UCI World Championships so I know it’s the right thing to do.”
BMC Racing Team Doctor Daniele Zaccaria said that the worlds was a factor in the decision. “Taking Rohan’s upcoming goal of the UCI World Championships into consideration, it is in Rohan’s best interests to stop now and recover fully before he goes to Norway.”
Also out is Dennis’ teammate Kilian Frankiny, who fell during Sunday’s stage. Although he was able to get to the finish, a medical examination has revealed injuries which now put him out of the competition. “Following his crash on stage 15, we took Kilian Frankiny to hospital for X-rays this morning to determine the nature of his injuries,” said Zaccaria. “X-rays revealed two subtrochanteric fractures on the neck of the femur. Kilian will return to Switzerland tonight and undergo further evaluation to determine whether surgery will be necessary.
“The nature of Kilian’s injuries at this point late in the season means he will not be able to race again this year and will now focus on his recovery in the off season.”