Dimension Data down to just five riders after sickness and injury strike at Vuelta a España

Stomach illness claims three riders and a crash claims one for Dimension Data after seven stages of the Vuelta a España

Merwahi Kudus

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Team Dimension Data is losing riders nearly every day in the Vuelta a España, but vows to fight in the coming two weeks for a stage win with its remaining five.

The team lost its Eritrean climber Merhawi Kudus due to a crash and cut ankle in Friday's stage on the roads to Cuenca. His loss adds to another other three who have left the race after suffering with illness.

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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.