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by Shane Stokes
April 7, 2018
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Vincenzo Nibali earned attention earlier this week when he started the Itzulia Basque Country, less than 24 hours after finishing the Tour of Flanders. Nibali finished a solid 19th on the opening stage, but wasn’t a factor after that.
His Bahrain-Merida team explained what was troubling him in the race on Friday, saying that he had been forced to withdraw due to ‘precautionary reasons.’
Team doctor Emilio Magni explained what was wrong. “The athlete suffers from a painful skin lesion located in the rider’s seat area,” he said, talking about a saddle sore. “For preventive purposes and to facilitate a complete recovery in view of the next commitments, it was decided to withdraw from the race.”
He was due to arrive back in Italy, where his recovery will continue. “We have decided that it was better for Vincenzo to go home because of the importance of the next races that he will take part in Belgium in about ten days,” said director sportif Gorazd Štangelj. “It was useless to continue in these conditions and expose the rider to greater risks.”