Ill Van den Broeck on antibiotics at Dauphine

Belgian GC rider is more then 12 minutes off the pace after five days in France

VALMOREL, France (AFP) — Jurgen Van den Broeck, who lost 9:58 in Thursday’s fifth stage of Critérium du Dauphiné, was placed on antibiotics by Lotto-Belisol’s medical staff.

Van den Broeck blamed illness for his poor performances in the fourth and fifth stages of the Tour de France tuneup race. Following Thursday’s summit finish, the Belgian wrote on Twitter: “Disease appears to be the cause of the very poor performance today and also cause bad time trial yesterday .. Total no power!

“Immediately started antibiotics in the hope that it is resolved! Very fast Very sorry had to show you something this week.”

After five stages, Van den Broeck, fourth at the 2012 Tour de France, sits 57th overall, more than 12 minutes behind Chris Froome (Sky).

Van den Broeck’s teammate Jelle Vanendert left the race earlier in the week due to illness and is seeking medical evaluation in Belgium.