A SHATTERED Allan Davis has been forced to withdraw from the Tour of Spain after the Bundaberg cyclist succumbed to stomach problems.
Davis and fellow QuickStep team-mate Carlos Barredo withdrew from the event yesterday after complaining of an undiagnosed stomach illness.
“Since the beginning of the Vuelta I had a feeling that something wasn't right,” Davis said on QuickStep's website yesterday.
“I was never able to be at 100% in the finals of the competition.
“(On Monday) the situation got even worse.
“I had a stomach ache and had to stop a few times.
“My Vuelta ends here.”
The withdrawal from the event is the latest in a recent string of disappointments for Davis, who started 2009 in spectacular fashion.
Earlier in the year the Bundaberg product was shockingly pulled out of the Tour de France after QuickStep team-mate Tom Boonen had a drugs decision overturned just hours before the race started.
He was given another shot at a grand tour with the QuickStep team last month when he was selected to race in Spain.
But his campaign never got on track, with injuries and crashes leaving him 34 minutes behind the leaders when he was forced to call it quits at the end of stage eight.
Despite obvious frustration Davis, was still optimistic about the future on his Twitter updates.
“Things didn't go to plan at this Vuelta, crashes now stomach problems,” Davis wrote yesterday.
“Oh well that's life I try to recover as quick as possible."
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