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Dahle pauses due to sickness

Gunn-Rita Dahle

Gunn-Rita Dahle (Image credit: Tour of Japan)

Gunn-Rita Dahle, mountain bike World and Olympic champion, will skip the upcoming World Cup race and return to Norway for medical tests.

She has been suffering from intestinal problems for several weeks and will get herself checked out in her hometown of Stavanger, according to

"This was a very hard decision for me, taking a break in the middle of the season," she said. "But with all my experience, I know that good health is the most important puzzle piece for success." She has 25 World Cup wins in her career and seven World titles. She hopes to come back to the second half of the season in top form again.

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