International Cycling

Degenkolb in hospital over 'breathing problems'

2017-09-22 15:30
John Degenkolb (AFP)

Bergen - German one-day classics specialist John Degenkolb has been hospitalised with a breathing problem, he and his Trek team revealed on Friday.

The 2015 Paris-Roubaix winner was forced out of last week's Tour of Denmark and following tests was admitted to hospital.

"Dear all, yes, it's true. I am in the moment in hospital to do some Check Ups. I am fine and I will keep you updated," Degenkolb wrote on Twitter.

In a statement, Trek team doctor Jens Hinder said: "In the last races he did, John suffered from breathing problems and a serious lack of power that prevented him to perform at his level.

"His condition was not improving enough over the last week, so we decided he had to undergo more profound examinations of his heart and lungs. 

"John is feeling relatively well but has been hospitalised pending the results of these examinations. We will publish an update on his condition as soon as we have more information."

Degenkolb's career has stalled somewhat since a stunning 2015 when he won two of the five prestigious 'Monument' one-day races, adding Milan-San Remo to his Paris-Roubaix success.

The 28-year-old was due to be Germany's team leader at the world championship road race in Bergen, Norway on Sunday but pulled out last week due to his breathing problems.

He had been forced out of the recent Vuelta a Espana after just four stages due to his respiratory problems.

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