Oliver Naesen is suffering from bronchitis and is currently doubtful to start in Tour of Flanders this Sunday.
The Belgian rider reckons he contracted the illness after getting drenched with champagne during the podium ceremony of Gent-Wevelgem.
Naesen confirmed that he has started a course of antibiotics and that he hopes to have recovered before De Ronde.
“Since November, I’m always walking around with his small alcohol hand gel thingy. I don’t go out without something to cover my neck. When I shake hands, I’m always thinking ‘don’t touch your face, don’t touch your face’. I have literally done everything not to get sick,” Naesen said.
“The only moment I was really cold was on the podium at Gent-Wevelgem, so I can only say I think it’s from that.”
“I took the first antibiotic straight after the race, because every day you wait is like one day late to get healthy. At the moment, it stays more or less the same. It’s not really getting that much better, but it’s not getting worse, so that’s something,”