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Brandon McNulty out of Tour of Romandie with respiratory tract infection

American ace abandons ahead of 'queen stage' of Romandie after riding into top-10 through start of the week.

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Brandon McNulty bailed out of the Tour of Romandie on Saturday.

McNulty’s UAE Team Emirates team confirmed Saturday morning that the 24-year-old is suffering a respiratory tract infection.

The American ace had sat poised in eighth on GC in the Swiss race, just 25 seconds back on race leader Rohan Dennis after Friday’s stage 3.

After enjoying a hot start to the season with victories at Trofeo Calvia, Faun-Ardèche Classic, and a tough hilly stage at Paris-Nice, McNulty had a tricky spring.

He was forced out of a planned start at Itzulia Basque Country in early April with COVID and was caught up in the heavy crash that blighted Liège-Bastogne-Liège last weekend.

The next race on his calendar is the Tour de France, where he’s set to play superdomestique for double defending champion Tadej Pogačar.