Californian Steven Cozza will miss the Amgen Tour of California this year as he recovers from illness that had him racing “on an empty fuel tank.”
Cozza, of the German Pro Continental squad NetApp, hasn’t raced since Paris-Roubaix, which he did not finish. He told VeloNews he’s been diagnosed to be suffering from a parasite and a yeast infection of the intestines (Candida Albicans).
“Since the start of the season this year my GI symptoms got worse and worse. I’m not quite sure when it all started,” he said.
“Team NetApp is very supportive and I expect to make a full recovery. My goal is to be back racing by June. I am greatly disappointed that I cannot take place in the Tour of California. On the other hand I am very happy to finally know what is wrong with my health and that I have a chance to get back to racing.”
Cozza said he has just finished with medicine for the parasite and is about to start anti-fungal medicine.
Team NetApp for the Tour of California: Jesús Del Nero Montes (Spa), Jan Barta (Cze), Timon Seubert (Ger), Andreas Dietziker (Swi), Alexander Gottfried (Ger), Bartosz Huzarski (Pol), Leopold Konig (Cze), Andreas Schillinger (Ger)