Chris Froome withdraws from Tirreno-Adriatico due to illness
Last Updated: 09/03/15 9:56am
Chris Froome has withdrawn from Tirreno-Adriatico due to illness.
The Team Sky rider had been set to come up against Alberto Contador, Nairo Quintana and Vincenzo Nibali at the seven-day Italian stage race, which starts on Wednesday.
However, he fell ill towards the end of last week and tweeted on Saturday: “Feeling a bit under the weather. Blanket, tea and some cycling on TV please.”
He had still not recovered by Monday morning, when he tweeted: “Still not feeling well so won’t be making it to #TirrenoAdriatico2015. Really disappointed but health comes first. Time for some R&R.”
It is the second year in a row that Froome has been forced to skip Tirreno-Adriatico, having been ruled out by a back problem 12 months ago.
Froome had been looking to build on his overall victory at the Ruta del Sol stage race in Spain last month.
He told teamsky.com: "This is obviously frustrating after the good start that I have had to the season, but it's a minor setback. I have 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 are only at the start of the season and I should be fine to race the Volta a Catalunya later this month."
Team Sky's revised squad for Tirreno-Adriatico is: Vasil Kiryienka, Leopold König, Mikel Nieve, Wout Poels, Salvatore Puccio, Ian Stannard, Elia Viviani and Kanstantsin Siutsou.