'It's difficult to think of myself as a pro': Sky's Beñat Intxausti reflects on his long battle with illness

The Basque rider has missed most of the past two seasons through mononucleosis, but will be kept on with Team Sky through 2018

Benat Intxausti on stage one of the 2016 Tour of Poland. Photo: Graham Watson

(Image credit: Watson)

Team Sky's Beñat Intxausti, who ended his 2017 season on Friday with only three race days, says that he has thought about quitting cycling during his battle with illness.

Intxausti raced three days this year due to suffering with mononucleosis. He abandoned the one-day Clásica San Sebastián in August and after finishing last on the Tour of Guangxi stage one, quit on stage two.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.