Mohoric suggests Epstein Barr Virus and COVID-19 held him back at Tour de France

SONDERBORG DENMARK JULY 03 Matej Mohoric of Slovenia and Team Bahrain Victorious during the team presentation prior to the 109th Tour de France 2022 Stage 3 a 182km stage from Vejle to Snderborg TDF2022 WorldTour on July 03 2022 in Sonderborg Denmark Photo by Stuart FranklinGetty Images
Matej Mohoric at the Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images)

Matej Mohorič has suggested his lacklustre performances at the Tour de France could be due to illness, revealing he has had a recent COVID-19 infection and possibly also contracted Epstein Barr Virus. 

The Slovenian, whose Bahrain Victorious team were again subject to police raids at the Tour, won two stages at last year's edition but was a largely anonymous presence this time around. 

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Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.