cycling news / End of season for Jens Reynders
THE 2017 SEASON OF JENS REYNDERS HAS COME TO AN EARLY END. THE 19-YEAR-OLD SUFFERED FROM SICKNESS, BUT WAS NOW DIAGNOSED WITH THE EPSTEIN-BARR VIRUS, ALSO KNOWN AS INFECTIOUS MONONUCLEOSIS
Forced rest period for Belgian youngster
A guiltless sore throat caused Jens Reynders lots of problems the last weeks. What first was judged as a throat inflammation, is now diagnosed as the Epstein-Barr Virus, causing Jens to take a rest of three to four weeks. This means that the first year U23 rider will have no time left to come back in time for the final races of the season.
Jens’ first year at Leopard Pro Cycling started in a good way by being present in breakaways in difficult races and finishing 5th in the young riders classification of Le Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux. Also in races like Arno Wallaard Memorial, Paris-Arras and Flèche du Sud he was always in the front of the action. Last weeks, the results went really his way with a 7th position at the Antwerpse Havenpijl and the 8th position in the GP Tim Wellens.
Jens Reynders: “Of course the news of this infection has hit me hard. Since a few weeks, I noticed that I didn’t recovery well after hard training sessions, but because I was still able to perform well in the races, I didn’t pay that much attention to it. Last week, I had an ache in my throat which got worse in last week’s GP Jef Scherens. Since then, the pain only got worse. First, the doctor thought it was laryngitis, but a blood test turned out that it is the Epstein-Barr Virus. For now, I can only take a lot of rest and hope that I will be back in time to do a good winter, so I can prepare in the best conditions for 2018. I am very happy with my first year as a U23 rider at Leopard Pro Cycling and I am hoping to improve even more in 2018. “