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Pierrick Fédrigo suffers from Lyme disease

Category: Cycling

Pierrick Fédrigo hasn't had a good start of the season, and that's sad, because it's his first season with FDJ and it's always good for the self-esteem to start the season well with a new team.

Besides a second place at GP de Plumelec-Morbihan, the Frenchman has never climbed the podium. And now he has found out why. He suffers from Lyme disease, which he got from a tick bite.

It has been a frustrating season, as he hasn't achieved any of the year's goals, which was to repeat his overall victory at the Critérium International and to take a Tour de France stage win.

FDJ team doctor Gérard Guillaume says that the bacterial infection was the reason for the rider's poor season.

Has Iglinskiy been drunk driving?

Category: Cycling

Valentin IglinskiyValentin Iglinskiy (Astana Team) was stopped by French police on Thursday evening from speed driving, but his team has denied rumours that the Kazakh was under influence of alcohol or drugs.

"The police made an alcohol test and a blood control. The report of this blood testing isn't known for the moment, we will communicate it as soon as the result will be given," a team statement read.

RTL.fr reports that the Kazakh was stopped for speeding at 203km/h in a 110km/h zone, and they also wrote that he had been over the legal limit for alcohol, having .64 miligrammes of alcohol per litre of expired air.

"There might be some misunderstanding, because Valentin can't understand and speak French, English or Italian correctly. The team was astonished to learn that he signed a legal paper with statements in French, while he can't understand, speak and read this language.

"The team is really shocked that the information of this confidential case as been made public to the press, while no official results have been provided yet."

Kreuziger suffers broken wrist

Category: Cycling

Roman KreuzigerRoman Kreuziger will not race the Saturday’s San Sebastián Classic. Kreuziger was one of many riders who crashed during the Tour de France and after the race, he went to a doctor who said he suffered a scaphoid fracture. His wrist has now been placed in a cast for six weeks.

“After being examined by two specialists, a decision to put my hand in cast was made,” said Kreuziger. “The next check is scheduled for Monday and until then I will spend the time to rest in the Czech Republic.”

During the race, he suffered from pain, but didn't really think about it.

“I could have had my hand in cast for two weeks now but I had no idea how bad it was. I wanted to finish the Tour. Now the most important thing for me is to get my wrist together.”

So he will not race the San Sebastián Classic this year.

“This was the best solution possible. There is nothing I can do. I’m going to skip the Classic San Sebastian where I was going to race on Saturday,” he said.

“I hope that I will be able to start riding on the stationary bike, or preferably, on my regular bike next week. I would be happy if I could ride the races in Canada in September which was in my original plan, because this is not the way I want to end the season.”