September 23, 2013 (Tuscany, Italy) – Tuft is physically and mentally exhausted from his heavy workload this season, he who competed at his first ever Tour de France. “I’ve decided to pull myself from the Individual Time Trial scheduled for September 25. Ever since the Tour de France, I’ve found myself running on fumes and after Sunday’s effort for the Team Time Trial (TTT), I’ve spent everything out on the road.
“The specific training required for the TTT is of a very different nature and in being realistic with myself, I feel I’m not at the level that the physical and mental energy of an individual effort over an hour requires. I will head back home in Andorra and rest up for my final race of the year, Duo Normand with my team mate Luke Durbridge. I wish all the Canadians racing this next week all the best,” said Tuft.
Canada will not replace Tuft in the 57-km elite men time trial race.