Nacer Bouhanni abandons Vuelta a Espana with stomach problems

Nacer Bouhanni stops at the medical car before abandoning the Vuelta on stage 11

Nacer Bouhanni seemingly saved his season with a stage victory at the Vuelta a España , but he will be unable to build on that after being forced to abandon the race during stage 11 on Wednesday. The Frenchman has endured a difficult season under new management at Cofidis and was not selected for the Tour de France, but he claimed the first Grand Tour victory of his career on stage 6 of the Vuelta, beating Danny van Poppel (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors). However, after a disappointing 13th-place finish on stage 10, Bouhanni fell ill and was suffering with stomach problems as he lined up for stage 12 on Wednesday. "He hadn't slept well and he had stomach pains at the start of the race. He had to go and vomit," said Cofidis DS Jean-Luc Jonrond, according to L'Equipe. The stage did not turn out to be one ...

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