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Kittel withdraws from Giro with illness before stage 4

  • By VeloNews.com
  • Published May. 13, 2014
Marcel Kittel galloped to victory in stages 2 and 3 at the Giro over the weekend. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano), who won two of the first three stages at the Giro d’Italia, withdrew from the race prior to Tuesday’s stage 4 because of a fever.

“So, the Giro got me earlier than I thought,” Kittel Tweeted. “Absolutely disappointed that I have to leave this beautiful race today because of a fever.”

In a team release, Giant said Kittel was not feeling well after Sunday’s third stage that ended in Dublin, a stage he won. Kittel reportedly felt better Monday morning when the race transferred to Italy, but his health took a step in the wrong direction Tuesday morning before the start of stage 4 in Giovinazzo.

Kittel was checked out by the team’s medical staff Tuesday morning and it was decided he would be taken out of the race.

“It is a hard decision and a big loss for the team and a pity for Marcel,” sport director Marc Reef said in the release. “But we have to move on and with Luka [Mezgec] we have another strong sprinter on board. We will rebuild our positioning in the sprint train and keep challenging with Luka on the flats now.”

Added Kittel: “I am very disappointed about leaving the Giro after such a strong start in good condition, but I do not feel healthy and I am not in the position to start the race in this condition. I want to thank my team for their support these past few days and wish them the best of luck for the rest of the race.”

Later, Kittel Tweeted: “Thank you to everyone, incl. my team, the organisers & all the fans next to the road, for your great support! It was short but intensive!”

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