May 27, 2006
Danielson exits Giro, will lead Discovery at Vuelta
Discovery Channel's Tom Danielson didn't take the start this morning at Stage 20 of the Giro d'Italia. Team director Johan Bruyneel said Danielson has been suffering from sinusitis, and that his fever worsened overnight.
Danielson had hoped for a top 10 finish, but was sitting in 16th after yesterday's stage.
Bruyneel also confirmed that Danielson will be the team's Vuelta leader:
"He has combination of time-trailing and climbing that you need to be a contender in major tours, but only time will tell whether he's a guy who can go for the top five, the podium or the win in major tours," Bruyneel said. "He finished in the top ten in his first full major tour and that was really good to see, but we're not going to raise our expectations too high either. We have to be realistic."
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