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Operation for Schnider

Phonak rider Dani Schnider is to undergo an operation to treat a persistent health problem that has plagued him this season. According to the team, Schnider has been ill for a month and has had to take antibiotics to deal with an infection. Team doctor Thomas Klimaschka is arranging for Schnider to have a sinus operation in the next few days.

"The passage from the nasal cavity to the sinus cavity is blocked," said Klimaschka. "An operation is required to open it. After that, the infection in the sinus cavity can heal. Improved aeration will also be ensured."

Schnider should be back on the bike two weeks after the operation, perhaps sooner. His girlfriend, Andrea Krummenacher, is a nurse, so he won't be lacking in high-quality postoperative care. Klimaschka believes Schnider will be fit to ride the Giro d'Italia.

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