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by Shane Stokes
August 9, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Küng wins stage two time trial at the BinckBank Tour; Report: top squads look set to miss world team time trial championships; Kwiatkowski signs on for three more years with Team Sky; Under pressure from USADA, Colorado Classic abandons partnership with Armstrong; Vuelta pays tribute to career of Contador; Report: Trek-Segafredo aiming to replace Contador with Aru; UAE Team Emirates extends with Marcato, Conti and five others; Lingering effects of concussion force Dunbar to end season early; OVO Energy Tour of Britain confirms teams for 2017 edition; CAS confirms UCI’s four year suspension of Oyarzun; Research shows huge health benefits of commuting by bike; Eskapee’s rules for mountain bike riding; Video: Tony Martin falls during BinckBank Tour TT; Video: Tony Martin speaks after his crash; Video: Viviani skilfully avoids time trial fall in BinckBank Tour; Video: Peter Sagan celebrates Monday’s sprint win
Although he had some big targets in the coming weeks, Eddie Dunbar has taken the difficult decision to end his season early and thus aid his recovery from serious injury. The 2017 under 23 Tour of Flanders winner crashed during the opening stage of the under 23 Giro d’Italia in June and suffered a severe concussion.
He has experienced lingering effects since then, with these both hampering his subsequent races and also leading to him withdrawing from the European championships last week. He rode the time trial but felt symptoms of dizziness and nausea. He consequently withdrew from the road race.
Following professional advice, he then decided to end his season early. “This was a tough decision for me to make,” the Irishman said. “The World Champs and l’Avenir were big targets for the back half of the season so I’m gutted to miss them. Ultimately, however, I need to ensure I get back to 100% for 2018.”
The Aqua Blue Sport team recently announced that Dunbar will make his pro debut with the squad in 2018. He has spent 2016 and 2017 competing with the Axeon Hagens Berman team and is appreciative about what he has learned there.
“I’d like to thank my team Axeon Hagens Berman for all their help this past two years during this important phase of my career and look forward to 2018 with Aqua Blue Sport.”