John Degenkolb abandons Vuelta a España
Aug 23 2017 07:29 pm CET

John Degenkolb abandons Vuelta a España

Trek-Segafredo rider John Degenkolb has abandoned the Vuelta a España due to bronchitis, the German confirmed on Wednesday morning.

"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," Degenkolb said.

"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 breath properly it’s just impossible to keep going.

"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. So, I will go home, recover and focus on the rest of the season."

Team doctor Piet De Moor explained that Degenkolb fell sick two days earlier. "We started the treatment right away and we hoped that his condition would improve quickly. 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.

"For now it’s difficult to say when John will return to racing. All depends on how quickly he recovers."
Photo of John Degenkolb by Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com





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