Peter Kennaugh has been forced to withdraw from Team Sky’s line-up for the Giro d'Italia due to illness. It marks the second big blow for the team heading into Giro after Richie Porte had to pull out of the Giro squad due to a lack of form and illness.
Kennaugh has been replaced by Chris Sutton, with the race starting Friday in Belfast.
"The Giro is one of my favourite races and I would have loved to have ridden it again," said Kennaugh on the team's website. "A lot of my friends and family were planning on coming over to Ireland for the start, and I was looking forward to racing back in Italy. This bug laid me low though and it was a tough one to shake off."
Kennaugh had ridden last week's Tour of Romandie, in which Chris Froome retained his overall title. However Kennaugh had missed a vital block of training.
Head of Performance Operations Rod Ellingworth said: "Pete was struggling before Liège-Bastogne-Liège so we told him to take time off until he was fully recovered.
"Although he has since recovered, the time he spent off the bike meant he hasn't been able to fully recuperate and regain the condition needed to see him through a three-week Grand Tour. Instead, we’ll work with Pete to get him back to full fitness in the weeks to come."
Kennaugh was an important part of Team Sky's winning ride in last year's Tour de France and if healthy should be in the running for a Tour spot this July.