Tim Wellens to skip Belgian championships and Tour de France due to health issues
Jun 18 2021 01:15 am CET

Tim Wellens to skip Belgian championships and Tour de France due to health issues
Tim Wellens to skip Belgian championships and Tour de France due to health issues
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Lotto-Soudal's Tim Wellens has decided to skip the Belgian National championships and the Tour de France.

The Belgian rider was set to be at the start line of the championships of his country on the upcoming weekend and at the French grand tour. But he has been struggling with health problems for several weeks and doesn't feel the proper shape to be part of the competitions.

"At the moment, my body isn't reacting to the training stimulus the way I want it to. I can't push the amount of watts I need to do well at the Tour de France," said Wellens. "I don't yet know what's the reason behind this. Something isn't right and needs to be solved. I am travelling to Belgium now to undergo additional examinations. Together with the team, I decided not to take any risks for the rest of the season. To start at the Tour could jeopardize a lot."

"Now, I am going to have a good period of rest so I can find the good feeling again. Of course I am disappointed not to be at the start of the most important race of the year, but there are indeed still a lot of nice races to come after the Tour. And that is where my focus will be. I sincerely wish my teammates all the best. I will be cheering for Lotto Soudal, from home in Monaco."

"Blood analysis has shown that there are no anomalies. Tim has also tested negative for Covid", added team doctor Steven Bex. "Tim will be undergoing several additional examinations. We hope to have more clarity soon."

"It is a wise decision not to start," explained the team's General Manager John Lelangue. "At the Tour, there is no time to wait and see. Besides, the season is not over yet for Tim. Just look at what he achieved at the Vuelta last year. The most important thing for us is that Tim gets back to his old self."
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