USA’s Jeff Louder is a last-minute scratch from the U.S. world championship team because he has come down with the swine flu H1N1 virus.
The BMC racer didn’t feel well and visited a doctor, who confirmed the diagnosis.
“I haven’t been feeling well and saw Dr. Testa Monday. Based on my condition and symptoms he diagnosed H1N1 and advised against training, racing and traveling,” Louder explained on BMC’s web page. “This pretty much puts an end to my season. I am not on my deathbed, but am definitely not in a way that would do the race, myself or the team any good. I’m pretty bummed. All I can do is recover and rest for next season, I guess.”
It’s a blow to the U.S. team as Louder was a consistent performer in domestic and European races throughout the 2009 season.