No first World Cup for Jaroslav

7th April 2014


Jaroslav Kulhavy has to change his plans at last minute. The member of the Specialized Racing team should have left for his first race of the MTB World Cup in the Republic of South Africa today. Instead he lies in bed at home. The Olympic winner fell ill with flu after the Saturday´s pre-road race Brno-Velka Bites-Brno.

“Already after riding off Bites I was not feeling well, I was cold. On Sunday fewer and intestinal problems started. So I decided, after consulting it with the team, to skip the first World Cup race in Pietermaritzburg. Together with the current condition which I have after a long training break, it wouldn’t be probably a good race. Now I feel a little bit better, but I don’t want to fly in this health condition to Africa,” explains Jaroslav going for the blood tests. The World Cup will start for him in 14 days in Australian Cairns.

On Saturday Jaroslav finished the Czech road classic Brno-Velka Bites-Brno in the main group of riders, when the final spurt decided about the winner.
“It was a bit of a shock for me, because I was not sitting on the road bike quite long time. My performance wasn’t so good in this race. At the end, in the downhill I didn’t manage to be in the front, I lacked the strength and perhaps flu was starting,” added Jaroslav to the 138km long race.