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by Mark Zalewski
April 29, 2017
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One of the strongest support riders for Bahrain-Merida and Vincenzo Nibali’s bid to win the 100th Giro d’Italia will not be at his side. Ramunus Navardauskas is suffering from a stomach illness that has persisted for weeks, causing the medical staff to take a closer look.
“The persistence of a gastrointestinal symptomatology, which had already appeared at the end of the Tenerife Training camp and forced him to retire during the recent Tour of Croatia, convinced the medical staff to support further in-depth examinations carried out by the rider himself in Lithuania,” a statement said.
“These examinations showed a gastric infection by helicobacter pylori and some deficiencies of microelements, requiring adequate antibiotic therapy and reintegration for at least two weeks.
“This unfortunately means that, for precautionary purposes, Navardauskas will not be able to take part in Giro d’Italia, which is starting on May 5. His fellow riders and staff fully support him in his medical examinations, although he will be very missed on the races, as one of the strongest members of the team.”
The current Lithuanian road champion, and former time trial champion, took the first win for the new team in January when he won the time trial at the Tour de San Juan. He also finished on the podium at the 2015 UCI Road World Championships.