Giro D’Italia favourite, sprinter Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano) has abandoned the Giro d’Italia due to a fever, ahead of stage 4 (Giovinazzo to Bari.)
The news broke via Twitter and the Giant-Shimano team have confirmed that a high temperature made it impossible for Kittel to continue.
“So, the Giro got me earlier then I thought. Absolutely disappointed that I have to leave this beautiful race today because of a fever,”
“Thank you to everyone, incl. my team, the organisers & all the fans next to the road, for your great support! It was short but intensive! <3” Kittel tweeted.
“We made the decision here before the start of the fourth stage that Marcel would not continue the race,” coach Marc Reef said in a statement from the team.
This is good news for the rest of the sprinters just not for Giant-Shimano and Marcel’s Giro hopes.
We wish him a speedy recovery.