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by Matt de Neef
April 16, 2018
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Michael Valgren wins Amstel Gold from late attack; World champion Blaak outsprints Brand to win women’s Amstel Gold; Steele von Hoff takes gold in Commonwealth Games fairytale finish; Chloe Hosking sprints to Comm Games gold; Matthews devastated by bad luck in Amstel Gold Race; Multiple fractures for Lucy Kennedy after Amstel Gold crash; Froome doesn’t want to give a running commentary on salbutamol case; Fabio Felline sidelined until late May with toxoplasmosis; Bora extends sponsorship through 2021; HiRide tests smart suspension at the cobbled classics; What it takes to ride the break at Amstel Gold Race.
Italian talent Fabio Felline (Trek-Segafredo) will be out of competition until the end of May after discovering he is still suffering from toxoplasmosis, a parasitic infection that can be difficult to detect.
Felline was first diagnosed with the parasite last July during the Tour de France, and after a year that began with a lot of promise – including wins at the Trofeo Laigueglia and the Tour of Romandie prologue – he was forced to end his season early. The issue has continued to plague the 28-year-old in 2018.
“Fabio has not felt right this season, and under his persistence, we decided to do a new series of blood exams,” said Trek-Segafredo head physician Gaetano Daniele. “They showed evidence that Fabio still has not completely recovered from the toxoplasmosis he suffered from last year. We took the advice of a couple infectiologists, experts in this field, and will start a specific treatment that will last for six weeks and that will hopefully permit to eradicate this parasite once and for all.”
Felline’s will miss the Ardennes Classics and will now look towards a return to racing in late May.
“I am so frustrated and sad not to be able to take the start in the Ardennes Classics,” he said. “Since I had to leave the Tour last year, I never found my level back that I had in the first part of the 2017 season. In the end, it seems that I have been struggling with this same, very stubborn parasite. Unfortunately, it’s not the first time in my career that I have to fight back after setback, but I am motivated and will work hard to be back on my level as soon as possible and to come back even stronger than before.”