Cannondale has announced
that Simon Andreassen has withdrawn from the Cape Epic following an emergency appendectomy. Andreassen was due to race the 'Tour de France of mountain biking' alongside teammate Alan Hatherly but will not be recovered from the surgery in time to take the start line.
An appendectomy is the removal of the appendix and is carried out to treat appendicitis. In humans, the appendix does not perform any important function and removing it does not cause any long-term problems.
Simon is expected to make a full recovery and be back racing next year.