Bakelants replaces Hermans at Tour Down Under

RadioShack-Nissan rider pulls out with hip pain

Ben Hermans has to postpone his seasonal debut, due to pains in his hip. His place on the RadioShack-Nissan squad at the Santos Tour Down Under will be taken by Jan Bakelants.

“I have only been able train for three hours since December 15,” the 25-year-old Belgian told La Derniere Heure. 

The problem first started at the team's training camp in Calpe last month. “The pain is so bad that I can't work out.”

No one is sure what the problem is. “I have undergone many tests, but the doctors can't find the cause,” he said. “I'm getting really worried.”

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