Oliver Zaugg will not be able to ride the Tour de France, team Gerolsteiner has announced, and his place will be taken by Heinrich Haussler. Swiss rider Zaugg came down with a virus during the Tour de Suisse, which caused him to drop out in the final days. The problem settled in his lungs.
"Unfortunately, the examinations on Monday showed that the infection is not fully cured," said team director Christian Henn. "Olli of course followed the urgent recommendation of the team doctor and his own doctor not to take any risks and to pass up the Tour de France."
Haussler had previously expressed his extreme disappointment at not being nominated for the Tour. It will be the Australian-born German's second Tour de France start, having contested last year's event. Haussler has also contested Spain's Grand Tour, the Vuelta a España, on two occasions in 2005 and 2006.