White jersey wearer Cian Uijtdebroeks abandons Giro d'Italia due to illness

Cian Uijtdebroeks will not start the 11th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Wednesday. The Belgian rider, fifth in the general classification and holder of the white jersey, is ill, his team Visma - Lease a Bike confirmed on X.

The Giro d'Italia was the second Grand Tour for 21-year-old Uijtdebroeks. He made his debut at the end of last season with an eighth place finish in the Vuelta d'España.

In the general classification, Uijtdebroeks was fifth, 4'15" behind pink jersey holder Tadej Pogacar. The Belgian complained of slight respiratory problems after Tuesday's third mountain stage.

"Everyone in the peloton is a bit sick"

"Hopefully I can recover from that in the next few days," said Uijtdebroeks on Tuesday. "Everyone in the peloton is a bit sick. We definitely need to make sure it doesn't get any worse. If this is my bad day, I'll be happy".

Getting sick during the Giro d'Italia seems to be a common theme for Belgian riders. Only last year, Remco Evenepoel was forced to abandon the race and his hopes of winning the pink jersey due to a Covid-19 infection.


#FlandersNewsService | © PHOTO: Luca Bettini / AFP

Related news

Website preview
Invincible Tadej Pogacar set to win his first Giro d’Italia
With the one-day classics in the rear-view mirror, cycling shifts gears in May with the Giro d'Italia, the first of the season's three grand...

Get updates in your mailbox

By clicking "Subscribe" I confirm I have read and agree to the Privacy Policy.

About belganewsagency.eu

Belga News Agency delivers dependable, rapid and high-quality information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from Belgium and abroad to all Belgian media. The information covers all sectors, from politics, economics and finance to social affairs, sports and culture, not to mention entertainment and lifestyle.

Every day, our journalists and press photographers produce hundreds of photos and news stories, dozens of online information items, plus audio and video bulletins, all in both national languages. Since the end of March 2022 English has been added as a language.

For public institutions, businesses and various organisations that need reliable information, Belga News Agency also offers a comprehensive range of corporate services to meet all their communication needs.


Arduinkaai 29 1000 Brussels