Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

June 21, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: France’s Lappartient declares he will run against Cookson in UCI presidential election; Cookson questions Lappartient’s vision, says Frenchman hasn’t provided a detailed plan; Lance Armstrong wants Andreu and LeMond, USADA report and more excluded from fraud trial; Cummings to return to racing in British championships; How the UCI president gets elected; Jesse Anthony details battle against mononucleosis; Peter Sagan to become a father; Bahrain Merida review of 2017 Giro; Cycling Motivation 2017 – The Classics

Jesse Anthony details battle against mononucleosis

by CyclingTips

Mark Cavendish is currently in a race against time to be in shape for the Tour de France, having been affected by Epstein Barr virus/mononucleosis for several months of this season. American rider Jesse Anthony has detailed his own struggle with the virus, telling Topical Edge how he caught it and how debilitating he found it to be.

Here’s an excerpt:

Once I was diagnosed, I took three full weeks off the bike and then started riding 30 minutes every other day for a week. The next week I bumped it up to 45 minutes five days a week and slowly built my endurance back up from there. It was the worst time of my life; I struggled with depression and searched hard to find purpose in my life. I wanted to race so badly and I couldn’t think of anything else that I wanted to do. I wanted an out, I wanted to be able to give it up, but I couldn’t. There was an instinct inside of me that kept me drawn to bike racing so I couldn’t just quit. I kept fighting for it.

I finally started racing again in mid-August, but I was so weak. I kept working hard and resting as much as I could making good progress through the late summer and into the cyclocross season. I had a few good ‘cross races during the 2009 season, but by the end of the cyclocross season in December I was exhausted again.

It seemed like professional road racing might have been over for me following two years with Team Type 1, however, at the end of November 2009 Jonas Carney called and said that he had a spot open on Kelly Benefit Strategies, but he couldn’t offer me any money.

It didn’t matter, I took the spot. I could never describe how motivated I felt at the beginning of 2010. I had so much to prove.

Click through to read more at Topical Edge.