Sky’s Landa pulls out of Giro d’Italia

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

SESTOLA (Italy)—Sky team leader Mikel Landa of Spain has pulled out of the Giro d’Italia com­plain­ing of sick­ness dur­ing Tues­day’s tenth stage.

Landa, who fin­ished third last year and was among the race favourites, was trail­ing from the first climb of the 219km stage be­tween Campi Bisen­zio and Sestola.

“Mikel woke up early this morn­ing feel­ing un­well with ab­dom­i­nal pains. It ap­pears as though he has a vi­ral gas­troen­teri­tis,” Sky team doc­tor Inigo Sar­riegui said.

“We will as­sess him at the team ho­tel and then de­ter­mine the best course of treat­ment to en­sure he re­cov­ers as quickly as pos­si­ble.”

Landa’s team­mates and fel­low Spa­niards David Lopez and Mikel Nieve tried to en­cour­age the 26-year-old but he was trail­ing by over six min­utes by the 50km mark, and fi­nally gave up 15km later at the base of the sec­ond climb of the day.

Landa was one minute 18 sec­onds be­hind over­all leader Gian­luca Bram­billa af­ter a strong per­for­mance in Sun­day’s in­di­vid­ual time trial.

Sky team chief Dave Brails­ford added: “We are re­ally dis­ap­pointed for Mikel, who was rid­ing well and look­ing for­ward to at­tack­ing in the moun­tains and an­i­mat­ing the race.”

Landa had made the Giro his main ob­jec­tive this sea­son since join­ing Sky from the Astana team. He won the Tour of Trentin last month, one of the warm-up races for the Giro.

De­spite fail­ing to make his mark dur­ing the first week of the race he came back in Sun­day’s time trial in Chi­anti and was eighth over­all.

Sky have a re­cent his­tory of los­ing their leader at the Giro af­ter Bradley Wig­gins pulled out sick in 2013, and Richie Porte pulled out in 2015 af­ter a series of bad luck and a fall left him trail­ing badly in the over­all stand­ings.—AFP

LA­HORE: Cy­clists tak­ing part in the 62nd Na­tional Cy­cling Cham­pi­onship on Tues­day.

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