Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Cycling: Tour champ Wiggins pulls out of Giro

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Rome, May 17 - Pre-race favourite Bradley Wiggins
pulled out of the Giro d'Italia before the 13th stage on Friday
because of a chest infection.
The world's second-biggest stage race also lost reigning
champ Ryder Hesjedal of Canada, with his Garmin-Sharp team
saying he had withdrawn because he was felling unwell.
Tour champion and 2012 Olympic time-trial gold medallist
looked strong at the start of the Giro, but he gradually slipped
out of contention after losing time because of crashes, bad luck
and health problems.
The 33-year-old Briton, who won three track cycling
Olympics gold medals before focusing on road racing after the
2008 Games in Beijing, was 13th overall, 5:22 behind Italian
leader Vincenzo Nibali, after losing over three minutes on
Thursday's 12th stage.
"We monitored Bradley overnight and this morning we've
withdrawn him from the Giro after consulting the team doctor,"
Team Sky's Team Principal Dave Brailsford said of the condition
of Britain's first Tour de France winner.
"His chest infection has been getting worse and our primary
concern is always the health of our riders.
"Bradley will return to the UK today for treatment and to
rest and we hope to have him back on the road as soon as
possible.
"As a passionate racer he wanted to continue but he is
simply unable to do so on medical grounds".
The withdrawal ends Wiggins' bid to become the first rider
to pull off the Giro-Tour double since the late Marco Pantini in
1998.
Hesjedal was even further back in the standings than
Wiggins, lying 38th, 32 minutes, 55 seconds behind Nibali, who
is 41 seconds ahead of his nearest rival, former Tour champion
and world champion Cadel Evans of Australia.
"We're not sure what's wrong," said Hesjedal. "There's a
virus that's been going around, so it could be that, or severe
allergies".
The three-week Giro finishes in Brescia on May 26.

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