Chris Froome: British rider will not compete in Tirreno-Adriatico

Chris Froome
Froome missed last year's race with a back injury

Britain's 2013 Tour de France winner Chris Froome will miss the Tirreno-Adriatico stage race in Italy because of a chest infection.

The Team Sky rider, 29, was due to be part of a field including Spain's Alberto Contador and 2014 Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali.

Froome, who won the Ruta del Sol stage race in February, said: "I've been ill for a few days now and, unfortunately, I couldn't shake it off in time."

The seven-day race begins on Wednesday.

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Froome confirmed his absence with a tweet on Monday

Froome said he "should be fine" to race in the Volta a Catalunya, which begins on 23 March.

He added: "After speaking with the doctors we decided as a precaution that it would be best to take a few days off the bike to recover fully.

"This is obviously frustrating after the good start that I've had to the season, but it's a minor setback."

Froome missed last year's Tirreno-Adriatoico with a back injury.

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