Degenkolb, Nizzolo to miss Milan-Sanremo

14.03.2018: John Degenkolb and Giacomo Nizzolo will not be taking the start of Milan-Sanremo on March 17 and will be replaced by Kiel Reijnen and Boy van Poppel.

John Degenkolb and Giacomo Nizzolo will not be taking the start of Milan-Sanremo on March 17 and will be replaced by Kiel Reijnen and Boy van Poppel.



John Degenkolb, a former winner of Milan-Sanremo in 2015, abandoned Paris-Nice with bronchitis after stage five with the hope he would recover in time for the first monument this weekend.



However, Degenkolb still suffers from the illness and today announced he would not be well enough to race Saturday:



"It is with a heavy heart I have to cancel my start at Milan-Sanremo as I am still fighting this sickness and wouldn't be fit for the Primavera. I am feeling already better in the last days and will be back on my bike soon. So, no worries for the rest of the classics season. I wish my team the best for Saturday."



Giacomo Nizzolo pulled out of Tirreno-Adriatico during stage four suffering from anterior knee pain. The team decided to take brisk action and treatment on the knee in the likelihood it would have Nizzolo ready for Milano-Sanremo, but with the knee still not at one hundred percent, the tough decision was made not to jeopardize the rest of the season.



Nizzolo: "I am very, very disappointed that I cannot start Milan-Sanremo, it was the biggest goal for me for the first part of the season. So not to start is really sad for me. We decided not to start because the knee pain has improved but not enough, and we don't want to take any risk for the rest of the season.



It's a long race, and it can make more damage. Now we will do everything we can to fix the problem as soon as possible and look forward. I wish all the best to my teammates, and I will be supporting them from in front of the TV. "




Trek-Segafredo lineup for Milan-Sanremo:



Jasper Stuyven (BEL), Fabio Felline (ITA), Koen de Kort (NED), Boy van Poppel (NED), Kiel Reijnen (USA) Ryan Mullen (IRL), Gregory Rast (SUI)






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