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by Shane Stokes
August 24, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Lutsenko wins stage 5 of the Vuelta a España; Tour du Poitou-Charentes: Bouhanni wins stage 2; Hodeg wins stage 6 of the Tour de l’Avenir; Van Garderen: ‘We’re headed in a good direction’; Chaves jumps to third overall; Illness puts Degenkolb out of Vuelta España; Stannard extends until 2020 with Team Sky; Reijnen and Bernard extend with Trek-Segafredo; Family of cyclist killed in Kansas City race file wrongful death lawsuit; Video: Andorra Epic Ride; Video: Top 10 Epic Fails in Cycling; Video: Adam Yates post-race interview, Stage 5 Vuelta a España
Trek-Segafredo has found itself on the back foot with the illnesses of Alberto Contador and John Dengenkolb, and the latter was forced to miss the start of stage 5 of the Vuelta a España on Wednesday morning. “I never had to abandon in a Grand Tour, so I am extremely disappointed to leave the Vuelta,” he said, speaking of his bronchitis. “I came here in good shape and with two goals: win a stage and heIp Alberto (Contador) to get a really great result in his last race as a professional rider.
“Unfortunately I got sick two days ago and that was that. I tried to fight myself a way through the stages, hoping that my body would recover, because I had the legs but when you cannot breathe properly it’s just impossible to keep going.”
Degekolb did actually withdraw from a Grand Tour before, being a DNF in the 2013 edition. However he has finished every other three-week race he started. He previously won ten stages plus the points jersey in previous Vueltas.
“To be honest I am really frustrated. I started the season well with a victory in Dubai and a lot of top 10 places at the Spring Classics, but after that, it just never went like I hoped and expected for. Anyway, health comes first now and the season is not over yet so I don’t want to take risks now.”
Team Doctor Piet De Moor said it was unclear how soon he will be able to begin racing again, saying that it depends on the speed of his recovery. “When John fell sick two days ago, we started the treatment right away and we hoped that his condition would improve quickly,” he said. “Sadly enough, that was not the case. He needs to rest as much as he can to give his body the opportunity to recover as quickly as possible.”