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Sky withdraws from Vuelta

Last updated: 4th September 2010

Brailsford: Explained Team Sky's decision

Brailsford: Explained Team Sky's decision

Team Sky has pulled out of the Vuelta a España following the death of Txema González.

The popular and widely-respected Team Sky carer died in hospital in Seville on Friday evening, at the age of 43.

The withdrawal, announced by Team Principal Dave Brailsford, was taken by the team and supported by the family. The Vuelta organisers and UCI have been informed.

Speaking for Team Sky, Brailsford said: "Txema's death is devastating to everyone in Team Sky. We've lost a good friend, a much respected and valued colleague.

"We have considered all the elements very carefully and this is the only decision we could take. It's the right one; to show respect to Txema and to look after our team.

"We discussed it with Txema's family and they fully support our decision. They have asked us to the funeral next week and we will of course be there to support them and to pay our respects.

"Others - staff and riders - have been ill during this Tour and Juan Antonio Flecha pulled out on Friday. The medical conditions are different but we need to take care of our team.

"The organisers of the Vuelta and the UCI have both been informed of our decision and we are deeply grateful for their cooperation and understanding.

"We wish all the other teams in the race well and will now take time to deal with this tragic news.

"Our thoughts are with Txema's family."

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