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Ponzi out with mono

Brescia rider and U23 Italian champion Simone Ponzi has been forced to take a break from his bike after being diagnosed with the mononucleosis virus.

A disappointed Ponzi said, "I had the condition to be a protagonist at races like the Coppa San Geo, the Trofeo Balestra and the Palio del Recioto and to bring satisfaction to my team. I hope to return to competing and winning soon."

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Kirsten Frattini is an honours graduate of Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in Toronto, Canada. She has been involved in cycling from the community and grassroots level to professional cycling's WorldTour. She has worked in both print and digital publishing, and started with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. Moving into a Production Editor's role in 2014, she produces and publishes international race coverage for all men's and women's races including Spring Classics, Grand Tours, World Championships and Olympic Games, and writes and edits news and features. As the Women's Editor at Cyclingnews, Kirsten also coordinates and oversees the global coverage of races, news, features and podcasts about women's professional cycling.