Monday, April 22, 2013

Allergies suspend Nieve's season

Suffering from allergies, Euskaltel climber Mikel Nieve has decided to pull out of the upcoming Tour de Romandie.

The featherweight climber has been uncharacteristically off-colour thus far in 2013, and he has now decided to rest up in order to not jeopardize goals later in the season.

The native of Leitza, Navarra, was originally slated to take the start in Suisse on Tuesday, but Adrián Sáez will now take his place, reports the team's website.

"My form was good at the start of the year", he said. "I came to Paris-Nice in good shape and very motivated. Allergies have affected me, though, and I've suffered a lot. I felt better the odd day afterwards, but it's been a hard month. I haven't been able to perform at my level.

"Eventually, my allergies have resulted in an infection. The right thing now is to recover and to start to think about the second half of the year - a second half in which I intend to be at my best", he concluded.

Nieve's best result to date is third on the Tour Méditerrannéen's fifth stage, and he could only finish 13th and 85th respectively in the Volta a Catalunya and Paris-Nice.

As a result of him pulling out of Romandie, the final line-up looks like this:

Igor Antón, Mikel Astarloza, Peio Bilbao, Garikoitz Bravo, Mikel Landa, Juan José Lobato, Adrián Sáez and Romain Sicard.

Photo: Euskaltel Euskadi


Anonymous said...

A mature decision. Hopefully this will see him reaping the rewards later in the season..

Magnus said...

Luckily there's still enough time to get into shape for the Tour!

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