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Illness forces Degenkolb to leave Paris-Nice [09-03-18 09:05 by staff] 

Illness forces John Degenkolb to leave Paris-Nice

Sisteron, March 8 - After finishing stage 5 of Paris-Nice, John Degenkolb and his team, Trek-Segafredo, announced that he will not take the start in stage 6 tomorrow due to bronchitis.

Degenkolb, a former stage winner in Paris-Nice (2014), was very disappointed: "You know, I really don't like to abandon a race. It's not my style, it's not who I am. To be honest, it was a very difficult decision, but with my big goals coming up, I cannot take health risks now. I hope to recover as quickly as possible. So, no worries, I will be able to "chase aces" in the upcoming Monuments."

The Trek-Segafredo Team Doctor added that the bad weather conditions and hard stages coming up in Paris-Nice would make it too difficult to recover while racing. "John cannot lose any time in his recovery process, since the Classics are just around the corner."

With things looking as they are right now, it's unlikely John's race schedule will change, but the team will update on that later.

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