Team RadioShack is having a rough year in the 2011 Tour de France. First, promising rider Janez Brajkovic, the national champion of Slovenia was forced out of the race early by a crash. Not long afterwards, American Chris Horner, arguably RadioShack's best hope for a top 10 finish, withdrew as well. Multiple crashes gave him a nasty concussion, causing Horner to forget where he was and that he was a professional bike racer. Now, prior to Stage 10, another RadioShack rider has been forced to abandon the Tour, with Yaroslav Popovych not showing for the start of the race Tuesday.
Popovych reportedly has a high fever, bad enough that he was not able to race today. While it's never good news when a rider has to withdraw from the Tour, at least Popovych will be better in a couple of days. The same probably can't be said for Brajkovic and Horner, who might still be hurting from their crashes.