Bos's Olympic hopes hit by surgery
Rabobank sprint ace Theo Bos will have an operation on his leg next week, dashing his hopes of competing at next year's London Olympics.
The Dutchman will have a kink in iliac artery fixed, a procedure which must be followed by a period of six weeks' total rest.
And with no date fixed for Bos to return to training after that, he has effectively been ruled out the World Cup races which are essential for qualification for the world championships and Olympic Games.
"For me, it's obviously a disappointment, for I felt I was making progress," said Bos. "Because of the long rehabilitation, I decided to abandon my Olympic ambitions on track. It is with a heavy heart, but I have to be realistic."
Bos has a fantastic pedigree in track cycling, winning a historic triple in the keirin, kilo and individual sprint at the world championships in 2006. He also has a silver medal in the sprint to his name from the 2004 Olympics.
On the road, the 28-year-old claimed victory in Tour of Oman, Tour of Denmark and Dutch Food Valley Classic last season.