After finishing La Flèche Wallonne in solid 10th spot, Warren Barguil was looking forwards to test his legs on steep hills of Liège-Bastogne-Liège one final time before Giro d'Italia. Instead, his maiden Giro d'Italia is surrounded by question marks.
“On Friday I got a sore throat, which later descended to the bronchi,” says 31-year-old Barguil about his run-up to LBL in an interview for Wielerflits. “From Saturday to Sunday I had a complicated night, but I was focused on my goal. The legs were good, so I thought it would pass.”
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That didn't happen. “When I got to the foot of La Redoute, I knew it was going to be tough. I tried to ride through it, but had to stop. My bronchi burned and I coughed. Of course I'm super disappointed, because the legs were good and I normally like that kind of conditions," Warren continues.
Warren Barguil has already ridden the Tour de France eight times and the Vuelta a España four times. The Giro starts this year on Saturday 6 May in Fossacesia Marina with a flat individual time-trial.