Haas: 'It felt like I had a car on my chest' after COVID-19 and pneumonia

Nathan Haas (Cofidis) wears the mountains jersey at Tirreno-Adriatico in 2020
Nathan Haas (Cofidis) wears the mountains jersey at Tirreno-Adriatico in 2020 (Image credit: Getty Images)

Nathan Haas' season was supposed to have the Ardennes Classics as its centrepiece but a double whammy of COVID-19 and pneumonia has forced the Australian to the sidelines for the majority of his spring ambitions and he will now refocus on goals later in the season.

The 32-year-old will return to racing on Wednesday in Brabantse Pijl but after almost a month away from competition, the Belgian race will be a test before his next races are decided.

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