Taaramäe's Strength Sapped by Cold

Rein Taaramäe Photo: AFP/Scanpix
3/2/2012 9:46 AM
Category: Sports

Estonia's leading pro cyclist Rein Taaramäe says a chest cold has put the crimp in his hopes for the Paris-Nice tour.

"It's been a week since the Vuelta a Andalucia where I finished strong and figured Paris-Nice would be more or less on autopilot mode. Today my status is pretty pitiful, though," Taaramäe posted in a blog on March 1.

He came down with a respiratory infection last Saturday.

"All of my workouts this week have been based on how I feel and I have trained more as if I were a 14-15-year-old boy. I haven't been able to work out the way I've wanted on any day."

He said the workouts were only "2-3-hour ambles."

But he said his start is in no doubt. He wrote that he was prescribed antibiotics, lozenges, cough syrup and "some powdered beverage" by the team doctor. 

Kristopher Rikken

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