By Susan Westemeyer
Sergio Paulinho of Portugal, defending Olympic Road Race silver-medallist, will not be in Beijing. The 28 year-old is suffering from allergies and expected China's weather conditions to worsen his state.
"Sergio cannot start because of a problem with his health," the Portuguese federation announced this week. Since it is now so late, no replacement will be named and Portugal will not be represented in the road race.
Astana spokesman Philippe Maertens confirmed it to Cyclingnews, saying, "Sergio is not in super form at the moment. With his allergy, his not amazing current condition and with the weather conditions in China, it is better if he stays in Europe. The team needs him in top shape in the Vuelta [a España]. We already lost [Chris] Horner this week."
Paulinho's next scheduled race is the Tour de l'Ain, August 10 to 13.