July 12 Yaroslav Popovych will not take the start of stage 10 in the Tour de France. Since Sunday Popovych has fever. As the rest day didn’t bring any amelioration, the team decided not to let him start in Aurillac. The former Tour de France stage winner will undergo some extra tests today.
In stage five Popovych crashed twice. With a lot of character he survived four more stages. The current illness however makes an end to his Tour de France. Earlier this Tour Team RadioShack lost Jani Brajkovic with collarbone fracture and Chris Horner with severe concussion and nose fracture. Other team leader Levi Leipheimer crashed three times and Andreas Klöden suffers from lower back hematoma and muscle contracture after the big crash in last Sunday’s stage. Klöden will take the start today and hopes for improvement the coming days.