Peter Kennaugh out of Giro d'Italia with illness as Team Sky draft in Chris Sutton
Last Updated: 06/05/14 12:04pm
Team Sky have been forced to make a last-minute change to their Giro d'Italia line-up with Peter Kennaugh missing out due to illness.
The Manxman enjoyed a strong start to the season with overall victory at Settimana Coppi e Bartali but will be replaced in Team Sky's nine-man line-up by sprinter Chris Sutton.
After missing out on important pre-race training the decision to skip the first Grand Tour of the year, which commences on May 9 in Belfast, comes as a blow to Kennaugh.
"The Giro is one of my favourite races and I would have loved to have ridden it again," he told TeamSky.com. "A lot of my friends and family were planning on coming over to Ireland for the start, and I was looking forward to racing back in Italy. This bug laid me low though and it was a tough one to shake off.
"I'm feeling better now but I'm behind on where I wanted to be and the decision to withdraw was taken after I'd chatted with the doctors and coaches. Now I'm back in training and the plan is to be competing again in a few weeks' time."
Rod Ellingworth, Team Sky's head of performance operations, confirmed that recovery time is needed for the rider, who will now likely be hoping to return to the Tour de France squad in July.
"Peter was struggling before Liege-Bastogne-Liege so we told him to take time off until he was fully recovered," said Ellingworth.
"Although he has since recovered, the time he spent off the bike meant he hasn't been able to fully recuperate and regain the condition needed to see him through a three-week Grand Tour. Instead, we'll work with Peter to get him back to full fitness in the weeks to come."
Team Sky's full 2014 Giro d'Italia line up is as follows:
Edvald Boasson Hagen, Dario Cataldo, Philip Deignan, Bernhard Eisel, Sebastian Henao, Salvatore Puccio, Kanstantsin Siutsou, Ben Swift and Chris Sutton.