Euskaltel loses Romain Sicard for a month, welcomes back Koldo Fernandez
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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Euskaltel loses Romain Sicard for a month, welcomes back Koldo Fernandez

by Jered Gruber at 7:37 AM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling
 
Former U23 World Champion suffering from tendonitis, while Fernandez has fully recovered from broken collarbone

Young French Basque talent, Romain Sicard, will take a few days completely off the bike, as he hopes to rid himself of tendonitis in his right knee. According to the team's website, Fundacion Euskadi, the problem stems from an early season change in shoes.

The site does not indicate whether the shoes will be abandoned, but a short break, followed by a period away from racing is the current hoped for plan to see the Mendrisio U23 World Champion back to competition within a month.

Sicard has been quiet so far in 2011, but there's no question that he's a rider to watch for the future. In his first season at the professional level, the 23 year old was 10th overall at the Bayern Rundfahrt, 9th at the Vuelta a la Rioja, 11th overall at the Criterium du Dauphine, and 2nd in the difficult fourth stage of the Dauphine, behind only Nicolas Vogondy.

On a positive note, the Euskaltel team will regain the services of its top sprinter, Koldo Fernandez. The 29 year old broke his collarbone in the fourth stage of the Vuelta a Andalucia on February 23rd and will return to competition two months later at this weekend's GP Llodio.

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