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Cees Bol leaves Tour de France after stage 16

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As a precaution, Cees Bol will not start stage 17 of the Tour de France tomorrow. The team has taken a day by day approach to monitor the first year pro’s condition and with some big mountain stages to come in the Alps, the decision has been made to not rush things and exceed Bol’s limits.

Speaking of the decision Bol said: “Of course it’s with mixed feelings that I leave the race but I think it’s the right thing to do. Upfront we made the plan to take a day by day approach to avoid exceeding the limits. Until the first rest day I coped pretty well and together we fought for some nice results. I took on the Pyrenees with both the rest day and still today’s sprint opportunity for the team in the back of my head. After a talk we decided that with the tough stages coming up this is the moment to pull out. The Tour was a great experience for me and can’t be compared to anything else in cycling. I hope I will be back for more.”

Team Sunweb coach Aike Visbeek added: “The goal with Cees was primarily to make the next step in his development as a rider and not to reach Paris at all costs. He is still a first year pro in his first grand tour, and we want to protect him from overreaching. Cees had a great Tour. We were really in the race battling for stage results and this will be very beneficial for the next steps in his career. With the difficult days ahead of us we planned to make a decision after today’s stage. We decided that it is the right moment for Cees to go home so that he is not overreaching, and that he can recover and work towards his next goals in the last part of the season.”