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Ill Froome pulls out of Liege

Team Sky's Chris Froome will not ride Sunday's Liege-Bastogne-Liege after withdrawing from the race with a chest infection.

The Tour de France winner had been due to ride the famous Belgian one-day event before heading to defend his Tour de Romandie title on Tuesday.

Yet after an examination from the team the 28-year-old was withdrawn in the hours leading up to the race in order to give him the best-possible chance of recovery ahead of the upcoming Swiss stage race.

The team's Doctor Richard Freeman confirmed on TeamSky.com: "Unfortunately Chris has been suffering from a mild chest infection. After an examination this morning we concluded that the best course of action would be to withdraw him from Liege-Bastogne-Liege as a precautionary measure, which will allow him the best chance of recovery ahead of the Tour de Romandie."

Fellow Brit Pete Kennaugh is also unable to start the 100th edition of the Ardennes Monument due to illness, with Froome's trusted climbing domestique Vasil Kiryienka has also been forced out of Romandie amid a difficult period for Team Sky

Dr Freeman continued: "Pete and Vasil have also been struggling with unrelated illnesses. We have withdrawn Pete from Liege to give him time to recuperate ahead of the Giro d'Italia, and Vasil also needs time to recover before attending the Tour de France training camp in Tenerife next month."

Chris Sutton will now replace Kiryienka at the Tour de Romandie, which airs live on Sky Sports.