By Hernan Alvarez Macias in Alcobendas
David Cañada (Saunier Duval) had to quit the Vuelta a España at kilometre 53 of today's stage 19. The Spanish rider suffered an indisposition due to an elevation of his heart rate (tachychardia). This caused the cyclist to be sent to a nearby hospital in Madrid by the race doctors, where he has to stay until tomorrow. Spain’s TVE talked with Saunier Duval team director Josean "Matxin" Fernandez who said that "Cañada had more than 230 heartbeats per minute for some minutes and we were scared."
The latest news has it that Cañada is in a stable condition at the hospital. Saunier Duval’s doctors will decide tomorrow if the rider stays there for his recovery or if he will be taken to Durango. Cañada has had a similar, but less serious heart problem in this year's Vuelta before, as well as when he rode for Mapei years ago.