Tim Wellens refuses TUE to treat illness and abandons Tour de France

Lotto-Soudal's Tim Wellens refused a Therapeutic Use Exemption that would have enabled to continue racing the Tour de France.

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Lotto-Soudal’s Tim Wellens abandoned the Tour de France on stage 15 and refused a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) that would have enabled him to continue in the race.

Wellens became ill during stage 14 to Rodez, and despite showing signs of improvement overnight, he was forced to get into his team’s car in the early part of the stage to Le Puy-en-Velay, citing further deterioration in his condition.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and feature writing across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in a number of places, but mostly in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.

He lives in Valencia, Spain.