August 8th, 2017 – Altus Sports Management announced today that U23 Tour of Flanders winner Eddie Dunbar has been forced to end his 2017 season early, due to head injuries sustained in the U23 Giro Ciclistico d’Italia / Giro d’Italia in June.
The Irishman, a member of the Axeon Hagens Berman Cycling Team, was diagnosed with severe concussion after a crash on the race’s opening stage. Eddie has suffered lingering effects since which has affected the rider’s return to peak racing condition.
Despite Eddie’s desire to complete the season, the decision was made last week. Eddie suffered symptoms of dizziness and nausea while competing for Ireland at the European Championships in Herning in Denmark.
Following further analysis and professional advice it was decided the right course of action for Eddie’s long-term future was to cease racing for 2017. This will ensure Eddie returns to his best for 2018 when he joins his new team Aqua Blue Sport. Eddie will be unable to compete in Le Tour de l’Avenir and the World Championships in Bergen.
“This was a tough decision for me to make – the World Champs and l’Avenir were big targets for the back half of the season so I’m gutted to miss them. Ultimately, however I need to ensure I get back to 100% for 2018.
I’d like to thank my team Axeon Hagens Berman for all their help this past two years during this important phase of my career and look forward to 2018 with Aqua Blue Sport.”
IrishCyclingNews.com wishes Eddie the very Best in his recovery, off season training and Flying on the Roads in 2018.