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Flu season in Flanders?(7 posts)

Flu season in Flanders?torquer
Apr 2, 2003 11:31 AM
This from today's

Despite a large peloton finishing the first stage of the Driedaagse Van De Panne in Zottegem yesterday, there were no fewer than 26 abandonments during the stage, including Max Van Heeswijk, Leon van Bon, Baden Cooke, Servais Knaven and Ivan Quaranta, most of whom were sick. In 103rd place at 34 seconds down was Johan Museeuw, who is also suffering from illness and did not start stage 2.

"Luck is against me," Museeuw told the Belgian press yesterday evening. "But even if I manage to be in Brugge [on Sunday] it will be a battered Museeuw riding the Ronde. First that crash, now I'm sick: this never happened to me before in the lead up to the Tour of Flanders."

Frigo quits Paris-Nice while in Yellow, due to a stomach bug. Hincapie is out of the Spring classics with a virus.

Is this an unusual Spring, given the number of apparently fit riders laid low by illness, or have I just not been paying attention in years past?
re: Flu season in Flanders?Jon Billheimer
Apr 2, 2003 12:55 PM
This is the flu and virus-bug spring from hell.
Bunch of chickensNo_sprint
Apr 2, 2003 12:58 PM
They're just afraid to return to the Koppenberg. :)
Sounds like what I have...jtferraro
Apr 2, 2003 1:10 PM
stayed home from work today w/a 102 degree temp! Actually, it even spiked up to 103 deg this morning, but I think it was b/c I was due for another couple of Tylenols. No other symptoms except a slight cough. Overall weak feeling. I've been checking my temp and it has since gone down, though - 100.5 deg.

Maybe it has something to do w/this weird weather we've been getting. On Saturday it was so warm that my neighbor was out playing w/his dog w/o a shirt on. Yesterday, however, it was snowing! Go figure...New England weather at it's best!

Must be SARS.........african
Apr 2, 2003 1:19 PM
slow and rusty syclist. ha ha
Very punny! nmKvonnah
Apr 2, 2003 5:58 PM
Apr 2, 2003 10:01 PM
half of my family has the flu, so you could call it an epidemy, due to the unusual warm weather the last few weeks, combined with a N/E wind (influenza comes from Azie, you know).