Martínez out of Utah with illness

Dani MartínezDani Martínez will not start the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, set to begin Monday afternoon with a prologue in Snowbird Resort, due to a respiratory illness. The Colombian was recently crowned the Pan Am Games time trial champion in his return to racing from injury.

Martinez has spent the summer sidelined, missing out on a Tour de France start, with two broken hands. The Tour of Utah would have been his first race with EF Education First Pro Cycling since the Tour de Romandie in early May.

“Dani was very sick over the weekend with a respiratory illness and fever,” said EF Education First head of medical Kevin Sprouse. “He started on antibiotics and is improving, but he is in no shape to race at this point.”

EF Education First will start the Tour of Utah one man down, with two previous winners amongst its five-strong squad in Lachlan Morton (2016) and Joe Dombrowski (2015).

“We lost a strong leader when we lost Marínez, and tarting with five riders means we have to think about the race in a different way,” said Fabrizio Guidi, EF Education First sport director in Utah. “I strongly believe we have a good team, and I absolutely expect us to be a part of the show.”