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.