VILLARS-LES-DOMBES, France (Reuters) - Frenchman Thibaut Pinot has pulled out of the Olympic road race because of a virus, his FDJ team said on Saturday.
The 26-year-old abandoned the Tour de France on Friday after starting the three-week race as one of the top contenders.
Team doctor Jacky Maillot said that Pinot, third in the 2014 Tour, was probably suffering from fatigue-inducing mononucleosis, although his test results will be known on Monday. Pinot was also picked for the time trial in Rio.
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Other riders in the France team are Julian Alaphilippe, Romain Bardet and Warren Barguil.
National coach Bernard Bourreau will pick replacement for Pinot from a substitutes list that features Pierre Rolland, Alexis Vuillermoz and Tony Gallopin.
The Rio Olympics road race, on a course that would have suited Pinot, will be held on Aug. 6.
(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Martyn Herman)