Edvald Boasson Hagen, named yesterday in Team Sky's line-up for the Tour de France which starts a week tomorrow, is said to be doubtful for the race after contracting shingles. According to local news reports in Norway, the 24-year-old was already showing signs of a rash when he successfully defended his national time trial title yesterday, the fifth time in a row he has won it, and he has pulled out of this weekend's national road race championship as a precaution.
The news was broken this afternoon in a press release from his manager Birger Hungerholdt after Boasson Hagen visited a doctor and was diagnosed with the condition, reports Aftenposten.
Shingles is an infectious condition related to chickenpox and symptons include rashes, blistering of the skin, swollen lymph glands and resultant pain and discomfort.
Boasson Hagen joined Team Sky last year from HTC-Columbia with his debut season for the British outfit disrupted by an Achiles injury, although he returned from that in time to race in the Tour de France.
A spokesman from Team Sky told road.cc: "As a precautionary measure, Edvald has withdrawn from the national road race this weekend due to illness. We are monitoring the situation with him, at this stage though there is no change to the Tour de France team."
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.