"Maxim Van Gils was not feeling well the last days. He tested several times negative on Covid-19 and wanted to start this morning in the 5th stage," said an official announcement by his team's official Twitter account. "Unfortunately he didn’t feel better & could no longer continue in the race due to a cold. He will rest now and focus on other goals."
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Van Gils had top 5 finishes on each of the first two stages. With his abandonment, Lotto Dstny will now have realign their focus for the race.