Philipsen and Aranburu abandon the Vuelta

Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Fenix), winner of two stages in this edition of the Vuelta, and Alex Aranburu (Astana) have not started in the 11th stage of the race.

“Very, very disappointed but I need to leave the Vuelta earlier than I thought,” Philipsen said. “I have some mild fever symptoms and the decision was taken with the team management and medical staff to withdraw.

“It was a successful Vuelta with two stage wins and five days in the green jersey. But I will come back for more.”

Aranburu suffered an injury “in one knee” and received four stitches after yesterday’s stage fall.¬†For this reason, the management of the Kazakh formation has preferred “not to take risks” for the end of the season.

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