Guidi out before Tirreno begins

Phonak's Fabrizio Guidi was forced to withdraw form Italian ProTour race Tirreno Adriatico before the actual event began. Suffering from tonsillitis, the 33 year-old sprinter has to take a break from bike racing.

"For the time being, Guidi has to take antibiotics to combat the infection, which doesn't permit him to race or train," explained team physician Dr Thomas Klimaschka. "Whether or not he'll be able to compete in Milano-Sanremo, as planned, is still up in the air. Teammate Ignacio Gutierrez replaces Guidi in the stage race, which began on Thursday, March 9.

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