Chris Horner out of Vuelta a Espana with low cortisol levels

Defending champion Chris Horner withdrawn by Lampre-Merida team after cortisone treatment for bronchitis

Chris Horner is set to be without a team for the 2015 season

(Image credit: Andy Jones)

Defending Vuelta a España champion, Chris Horner will not start the race on Saturday due to low cortisol levels.

Team Lampre-Merida announced this morning that it pulled the American from its roster after UCI blood tests showed he had a low level of cortisol as a result of being given oral cortisone to treat lingering bronchitis after the Tour de France.

Thank you for reading 20 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

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.