Nicolas Roche forced out of Tour of Poland before hilly stages

Posted on: August 7th, 2018

Just as the stages arrived that would suit him best, Nicolas Roche has been forced out of the Tour of Poland with illness.


Nicolas Roche forced to abandon Tour of Poland


Ireland’s sole rider in the Tour of Poland, Nicolas Roche, has been forced to abandon the race with illness.

Roche’s BMC Racing team confirmed he has come down with gastrointestinal issues. And so he will be a non-starter on today’s stage 4.

It’s a shame for Roche as the three stages he has ridden so far were bunch sprints and so not suited to him.

However, the climbs to come would have been to his liking. And having not ridden the Tour de France last month, this interruption to his race programme is disappointing.

He should recover quickly and, if so, will very likely line out for his team at the three-week Vuelta.

The first two stages in Poland were won by Pascal Ackermann; the Bora-hansgrohe man taking stage 2 in the yellow jersey.

On yesterday’s third stage, Álvaro José Hodeg (QuickStep) won in a bunch sprint. The 21-year-old Colombian also took the race lead.

He had been runner-up on the opening two stages. Furthermore, when Ackermann could only manage 13th in the bunch sprint yesterday Hodeg’s total bonuses saw him take over the race  lead.

There are four stages remaining in Poland. And all feature plenty of climbing; something Nicolas Roche would have been looking forward to.

His falling ill in Poland follows a trying Giro d’Italia campaign. He abandoned that race; the first time he had ever climbed off in a Grand Tour.

He said afterwards he had felt empty from the start of the race and could simply go no further.