PARIS, April 09, 2014 – One of the best hopes for a home success,
Sylvain Chavanel, has pulled out of Sunday’s Paris-Roubaix Classic, his IAM
team said Wednesday.
The 34-year-old national time-trial champion was set to be one of the major
hopes to become the first French winner of the ‘Hell of the North’ since
Frederic Guesdon in 1997.
But he complained of breathing difficulties following last Sunday’s Tour of
Flanders, in which he finished 19th, and was later diagnosed with “infectious
bronchitis and asthma, which requires rest and adequate treatment”, his Swiss
Chavanel added: “I’m disappointed to not be taking the start but in my
state I’m not able to do so.”
The six-time (five times in the time-trial and once in the road race)
French champion’s best Paris-Roubaix finish was eighth in 2009.
He will be replaced by Italian Matteo Pelucchi, who won a stage on the
Tirreno-Adriatico stage race last month.