Horner ends season due to blood clot
Radioshack rider Chris Horner has been forced to end his season after a blood clot was found on his lungs.
The American had been scheduled to compete in Colorado's USA Pro Cycling Challenge later this month but he will instead have to undergo a series of medical treatments.
Horner will have to undertake a six-month course of blood thinners and, while he will be fit enough to train in a matter of weeks, the drugs he has been prescribed will make racing dangerous.
"In a few hours, I went from thinking I was going to be exceptionally well prepared for the Tour of Colorado, to a two night and two day stay in the St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, Oregon," Horner wrote on his blog.
"With a pulmonary embolism, the season quickly went from an exciting and positive one (for the most part), to an abrupt end."
And with recovery for next season now his main focus, Horner has been given a boost with news that he has extended his contract with Radioshack for a further two seasons.
"Looking ahead now, there’s a lot to be excited about," he said. "Since leaving the Tour de France, RadioShack has extended my contract for another two seasons, which gives me a lot of peace of mind and the ability to be completely focused on the next two years of great racing.
"I can’t thank them enough for all of the fantastic support throughout my time with the team, especially in the past month of challenges since leaving the Tour de France."