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Cologna will not start to last Tour stage

Dario Cologna waived due to health reasons, the Finale of the Tour de Ski-final climb to Alpe Cermis. The Forfait comes as no surprise. The four-time Olympic and Tour de Ski winner had been plagued on Saturday after the penultimate stage of an unexpectedly violent cough-attack.

Such attacks were already in the past. But instead of Cologna of the Team doctor Patrick Noack in front of the media appeared, it was clear that something can't be right. "I am negatively surprised, that the seizure occurred so violently. I had not expected this," said the medic.

No podium ambitions more

In the foreground are the rest of Colognas bronchi and the preparation for the world Championships starting in mid-February in the Austrian Seefeld. When the 32-year-old Grisons will return to the world Cup, is still open.

"There's still a couple of races this Winter, and the biggest goals of the season are yet to come. Therefore, it certainly makes sense, the last race of the Tour de Ski to miss, even if it is difficult for me," said Cologna on Sunday morning. A glance at the overall standings of the Tour de Ski is likely to have facilitated the task.

The record-breaking winner, was a gap of almost four minutes in the 12. Rank. Ambitions for a podium place, he was allowed to have no more. In the course of this winter, Cologna had shown isolated strong race in General, he remained, but under its high expectations.

The cough as a recurring Problem

Cologna is suffering from cold, asthma, the icy, dry air is irritating his respiratory tract. Numerous athletes coughing after the race, especially after the Sprints. A few days ago, the doctor Noack was assumed to have a long-standing weakness of Cologna in the handle. Contrary to expectations, showed that this is not so, especially on Saturday for a cold and asthma sufferers are no extreme conditions prevailed.

in Order to alleviate the Asthma, or its effects, may be worked to a certain degree with medication. In the case of Cologna the limit of what is allowed according to the doping Statute is reached.

The Problem is not the cough alone. This sets after a certain time, and in contrast to earlier in the case of Cologna in the night again. But under the effort of the cough, the rest suffers: The muscles tense, power is lost, the mental, the constant coughing puts a damper. (sda)

Created: 06.01.2019, 10:22 PM

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