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Lotto Belisol: Jelle Vanendert misses out Tour de France

Earlier this week Jelle Vanendert left the second stage in the Critérium du Dauphiné. Back in Belgium he had the necessary tests to search for the cause of his weak performances.

Jan Mathieu, team doctor: “Tests have showed that a parasite has developed in the intestines of Jelle. The consequences of these parasite in the body of Jelle are tiredness and not being able to make full use of his capacities. After a period of rest the symptoms seem to be gone, but from the moment he has to exert himself, they return.”

“Many people who have a parasite in their body never notice it. For a sportsman that’s different, they have consequences much easier. Because they spend much time outside, they are more susceptible for this phenomenon as well. Such a parasite can be formed after contact with contaminated water from puddles during their training rides or in races. Now we know the cause of his problems, we started an adequate antibiotics cure.”

Jelle Vanendert now has to stay calm for ten days, then the training can be built up again. He won’t get fit before the Tour, which starts on June 29.

Marc Sergeant, manager: “Jelle, the sport and medical staff have decided not to participate in the Tour de France. Most important in first instance is that he gets healthy again by resting and getting the right medication. Then we can work towards competition level through a specific training. A new programme will be drawn up with the Vuelta, the world championship and Lombardia as main goals. We believe in the big capabilities of Jelle and are convinced he‘ll serve the team in the final part of the season.”

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