Valerio Conti withdraws from Giro d'Italia: This is not how I wanted it to end
May 30 2019 10:31 pm CET

Valerio Conti withdraws from Giro d'Italia: This is not how I wanted it to end
Valerio Conti withdraws from Giro d'Italia: This is not how I wanted it to end
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UAE-Team Emirates' Valerio Conti has withdrawn from the Giro d'Italia before the start of the 18th stage of the race. The rider has been struggling with health issues that the doctors couldn't control anymore.

Conti, who was one of the riders of the team to wear the Maglia Rosa in the current edition of the Italian grand tour, retired before the start of the 18th stage. "Over the past week, Valerio has been struggling with pain due to a cyclist's nodule, ischial hygroma," commented Doctor Jarrad Van Zuydam, physician of UAE Team Emirates.

"We have been treating his condition with some success but unfortunately, his condition deteriorated significantly after the stage yesterday."

The Italian was disappointed about having to abandon the race. "This is not how I wanted my Giro to end," Conti explained. "Despite the assistance of the staff, the situation got worse: I tried to fight through it, but unfortunately withdrawing is the only option.

"The Giro has been full of satisfaction for me, I will always remember the days I spent in pink and they will motivate me to get to the next level."

Conti took the Pink Jersey on at the end of the sixth stage of the Giro d'Italia and kept it until the 12th stage when his teammate Jan Polac took over it and wore it for two stages.




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