Tejay van Garderen will not attend Olympic Games over Zika fears

Tejay van Garderen becomes the first American athlete and first cyclist to withdraw from the Olympic Games because of Zika fears

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Tejay van Garderen has withdrawn his name from consideration for the USA team for the Olympic Games this August due to concerns at the risks posed by the Zika virus to his pregnant wife.

Pregnant women have been warned not to travel to the Games in Rio de Janeiro because the mosquito-borne virus can cause birth defects and lead to developmental problems in babies.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.