Initially slated to line up at the Tour de l’Ain this Friday, Pauwels will instead rest while he recovers from the mild infection, CCC Team Chief Medical Officer Dr. Max Testa said.
“Serge was very much on track to restart his racing season this week however, he has recently been suffering from some unexplained fatigue which prompted us to investigate further. Test results indicated that Serge is suffering from a mild viral injection which fortunately is nothing to worry about but will require him to withdraw from the Tour de l’Ain and Critérium du Dauphiné until he has completely recovered. He has repeatedly tested negative for Covid-19 so that is not a concern but now more than ever, we need to ensure our riders are healthy before they can enter the racing environment. We will continue to monitor Serge’s recovery and see him back at the start line as soon as he is ready to do so,” Dr. Testa explained.
Pauwels is looking forward to restarting the season as soon as possible.
“I had been feeling good training in Tuscany up until the last few days and I was looking forward to lining up this week at the Tour de l’Ain. Although it is disappointing to delay my first race, I am happy that it is nothing to worry about and after a short period of rest, I can resume training and finally race again,” Pauwels said.
CCC Team will provide updates on Pauwels’ recovery and communicate his revised race program when possible. Michał Paluta will replace Pauwels at Tour de l’Ain.