Soren Kragh Andersen leaves Tour de France due to saddle sore problems
Jul 25 2019 05:01 am CET

Soren Kragh Andersen leaves Tour de France due to saddle sore problems
Soren Kragh Andersen leaves Tour de France due to saddle sore problems
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Team Sunweb's Søren Kragh Andersen has withdrawn from the Tour de France after the 17th stage of the race due to saddle sore problems.

The Dutchman has been having saddle pains for some days and he and his team have taken the decision of putting an end to his participation in the French grand tour. "Over the past few days Søren has been suffering from saddle sore problems," said Team Sunweb physician Anko Boelens. "The problems worsened yesterday and during today’s stage, Søren was suffering even more. It doesn’t make sense for him to continue at the Tour de France."

The rider is disappointed to leave the race. "It’s obviously sad to leave the Tour but I’ve struggled with a saddle sore over the last few days and it got worse in today’s stage," he commented. "The sensible decision is to pull out and focus on recovery."

Team Sunweb coach Aike Visbeek thinks this is the best decision. "The saddle sores definitely impacted Søren’s performance in the past few stages, it left him struggling to survive," he explained. "He can look back proudly on his Tour. He was really strong and riding at a high level, doing a great job. We’re sad to see him leave but it is the right choice."




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