Top favorite Filippo Pozzato and his Katusha teammate Serguei Ivanov might miss Sunday’s Tour of Flanders.
Team officials are reporting that Pozzato is suffering flu-like symptoms, which prompted him to abandon Wednesday’s cold and rainy stage at Three Days of De Panne. Ivanov, meanwhile, is suffering from a bout of diarrhea.
Katusha officials confirmed Thursday that Pozzato is questionable for Flanders, saying that he is struggling with fever and an intestinal virus since Wednesday. They said if his fever doesn’t clean, he likely won’t start.
Katusha sport director Jos Braeckevelt told Belgian television Sporza that Pozzato did manage to train for two hours Thursday and was resting in the team hotel.
Officials also said Ivanov has been suffering diarrhea since Sunday and is also questionable for Sunday.
The news comes on the heels of other top Flanders favorites who are been sidelined for various reasons ahead of the season’s second major one-day classic.
Cervélo’s Heinrich Haussler and Andreas Klier, two former runner-ups, both forfeited this week with injuries while Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky) announced yesterday an injury to his Achilles tendon will keep him out of action Sunday.