Austria has lost one-third of its team for the Track World Championships starting Thursday in Palma de Mallorca. Individual pursuit rider Christiane Soeder has had to stay home due to sickness.
She came down Sunday with a sore throat and fever. "At first I thought it lay on the intensive training in the hall. I often get a sore throat there because of the dry air," she said. But the fever got stronger." Soeder put off her flight to Spain until Wednesday, "but unfortunately I have to cancel. I am very disappointed, I wanted very much to start in the pursuit!"
Team Austria has two remaining riders, Roland Garber and Andreas Graf.