Gert Steegmans of Team Quick.Step-Innergetic will not be riding the Eneco Tour as originally planned, since he is recovering from a bout with pneumonia. A control X-ray on Friday showed that his lungs had cleared up.
"I could start a light training for the first time and I stopped taking antibiotics," he told the Belgian newspaper Nieuwsblad. He had to cancel his appearance in two criteriums as well as the Eneco Tour, which passes through his home region. "That's too bad for my supporters, but my health comes first." He expects to ride again in the Tour du Poitou Charentes et de la Vienne from August 28 to 31.