Danilo Hondo (Gerolsteiner) has had to pull out of the Driedaagse van De Panne due to illness, his team announced today. His start in this Sunday's Tour of Flanders is now in doubt. "Danilo had to see our team doctor at one o'clock in the morning," said team director Christian Henn. "He was complaining of chills and all the signs of a fever."
Hondo will stay for the next few days in the team's hotel in Belgium to try to recover. "We really hope that by Friday he has improved," added Henn. "Otherwise he won't start on Sunday in the Tour of Flanders."