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Team Sky pull out of Vuelta after death
Sep 4th, 10. After the death of Team Sky staff member Txema González, Team Sky have made the decision to pull the team out of the Vuelta Espana.
Txema González was 43.
"We are devastated to report that Txema tragically passed away on Friday evening in hospital in Seville. His close family were with him," Team principal Dave Brailsford announced today.
Team Sky's Head of Medical Dr Steve Peters explained, "Txema contracted a bacterial infection which entered the bloodstream and developed into sepsis."
"The toxins from this had damaged the organs in his body and he went into septic shock and unfortunately succumbed to that. I should also clarify that this bacterial infection has nothing to do with the viral infection which many of the team have suffered with in Spain, causing stomach upset."
Brailsford paid tribute to the hugely popular soigneur, adding, "Txema will be remembered as a warm-hearted colleague who was a joy to work with and was universally respected by our team and throughout the pro cycling scene."
"Our thoughts are with his family and friends."
Kiwi Team Sky rider Greg Henderson echoed Brailsford's thoughts when he twittered, "Speechless. Such a shock. Such a sad occasion. He is the nicest guy you can ever hope to meet. Thoughts go out to his family."
After discussions with Txema's family, Brailsford announced the team was pulling out of the Spanish Grand Tour.
"We have considered all the elements very carefully and this is the only decision we could take. It's the right one; to show respect to Txema and to look after our team," he said.
"Others - staff and riders - have been ill during this Tour and Juan Antonio Flecha pulled out on [today]. The medical conditions are different but we need to take care of our team."
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