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Chris Froome Withdraws from Tirreno-Adriatico

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Chris Froome has  ruled out riding in this year’s  Tirreno-Adriatico, taking to Twitter to announce his decision.  

“Still not feeling well so won’t be making it to #TirrenoAdriatico2015 Really disappointed but health comes first! Time for some R&R…”

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Chris Froome @chrisfroome · 4h 4 hours ago
Still not feeling well so won’t be making it to #TirrenoAdriatico2015 Really disappointed but health comes first! Time for some R&R…The British rider had been named in Team Sky’s eight-man squad but will now be replaced by the 32-year-old Belarusian Kanstantsin Sivtsov.

“This is obviously frustrating after the good start that I’ve had to the season, but it’s a minor setback,” said Froome in a statement on Team Sky’s website. “I’ve been ill for a few days now and unfortunately I couldn’t shake it off in time for the race.

“After speaking with the doctors we decided as a precaution that it would be best to take a few days off the bike to recover fully. We’re only at the start of the season and I should be fine to race the Volta a Catalunya later this month.

“We have a very strong team going into Tirreno-Adriatico. The mood in the camp is great. I’ll be following the race closely and wish my team-mates all the best.”

The seven day race, which begins on Wednesday in Italy, was highly anticipated as the top four Tour de France favourites – Froome, Spain’s Alberto Contador, Colombian Nairo Quintana and defending Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali of Italy – were scheduled to compete.

From Team Sky

Chris Froome has been withdrawn from Team Sky’s Tirreno-Adriatico line up due to illness and will be replaced by Kanstantsin Siutsou.

Froome had been named in the initial eight-man squad but the decision was taken to pull him from racing due to a chest infection.

Froome said: “This is obviously frustrating after the good start that I’ve had to the season, but it’s a minor setback. I’ve been ill for a few days now and unfortunately I couldn’t shake it off in time for the race.

“After speaking with the doctors we decided as a precaution that it would be best to take a few days off the bike to recover fully.

“We’re only at the start of the season and I should be fine to race the Volta a Catalunya later this month.

“We have a very strong team going into Tirreno-Adriatico. The mood in the camp is great. I’ll be following the race closely and wish my team-mates all the best.”

Team Sky’s full 2015 Tirreno-Adriatico line-up is as follows:

Vasil Kiryienka, Leopold König, Mikel Nieve, Wout Poels, Salvatore Puccio, Kanstantsin Siutsou, Ian Stannard and Elia Viviani.

 

Read more at http://www.teamsky.com/teamsky/home/article/27581#e3jCQ7bqUj32r0RH.99

 

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