Vanendert uncertain for Tour with ongoing health concerns

Belgian abandoned the Critérium du Dauphiné on Monday and will seek medical evaluation on Wednesday

OYONNAX, France (AFP) — Jelle Vanendert, who abandoned the Critérium du Dauphiné on Monday during the second stage, between Chatel and Oyonnax, will undergo medical evaluation on Wednesday to determine the cause of his health problems, his Lotto-Belisol team announced.

Vanendert, a stage winner at Plateau de Beille in the 2011 Tour de France, finished in a group 14 minutes behind stage winner David Veilleux (Europcar) in Sunday’s opening stage.

“Yesterday in the first ride I was not good and today was not at all,” said Vanendert in a statement on the team’s website. “From the first climb I had to let the group ride and you know that it can not go on. I do not know exactly what is wrong, but I have no strength … it has not been what I had hoped for and that is indeed frustrating. In recent months, in the Tour of the Basque Country, I had to give up with what became an esophageal inflammation. I was not good enough for the Ardennes classics and I threw up after one of the rides.”

Vanendert will return to Belgium Monday night and seek medical attention on Wednesday. He said he could not look to the Tour before he was able to understand his condition.

“I hope to be fixed after the examinations,” he said. “It is logical that the issue of the Tour de France is asked, but I do not know now. I want first to know what I need to do to be healthy again. It is only then that I will make sporting objectives.”