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Magnus Opus: An early flight home…

By now, if you’ve looked the results for today’s stage, you’ll know I didn’t make the start this morning in Mourenx. As I said yesterday, I was hoping for a minor miracle overnight and it just didn’t happen. Instead, this morning the doctor told me that I had full-on bronchitis and that if I did continue to ride, it would just get worse and affect my health and fitness for the rest of the season. I don’t like doing this, but I am catching a flight back home to Wales tomorrow and am spending the day today getting ready to head home… and watching the Tour on TV. My best to all of you and

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By Magnus Bäckstedt, Liquigas-Bianchi professional cycling team

By now, if you’ve looked the results for today’s stage, you’ll know I didn’t make the start this morning in Mourenx.

As I said yesterday, I was hoping for a minor miracle overnight and it just didn’t happen. Instead, this morning the doctor told me that I had full-on bronchitis and that if I did continue to ride, it would just get worse and affect my health and fitness for the rest of the season.

I don’t like doing this, but I am catching a flight back home to Wales tomorrow and am spending the day today getting ready to head home… and watching the Tour on TV.

My best to all of you and I’ve enjoyed keeping in touch throughout the Tour. I just wish we could have done it all the way to Paris.
Maggy