Monday 19 March 2018

Roche out of action with virus he got from 'a bad aircon in Rio'

Cyclist Nicolas Roche at the Olympics in Rio last week Picture: PA
Cyclist Nicolas Roche at the Olympics in Rio last week Picture: PA
Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

Cyclist Nicolas Roche will miss La Vuelta a Espana after he contracted severe bacterial pneumonia while in Brazil at the Olympic Games.

Roche has been told by his Team Sky medical team that he will not be well enough to ride at the event, which begins on August 20.

The cyclist last night took to social media to describe his disappointment at the news.

"Having a hard last few days, (it's) not been easy.

"Probably contracted the virus with a bad aircon in Rio. Really unlucky. Gutted actually," he said in a post on Twitter.

La Vuelta, a 21-stage race, is one of the biggest events in the professional cycling calendar. Roche finished 29th at the road cycling event at the Olympics.

Meanwhile, Sonia O'Sullivan was sceptical yesterday after the Ethiopian long-distance runner Almaz Ayana obliterated a 23-year-old world record as she took gold in the 10,000 metres.

Speaking on RTÉ, O'Sullivan, who won silver in the 5,000 metres at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, was not convinced by Ayana's historic run. "She broke the world record by a clear 15 seconds, which is about 100 metres," O'Sullivan said, adding that the runner didn't even look tired.

Irish Independent

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