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At the Tour of Qatar in 2010 he crashed during the second stage and broke his collar bone for the third time, requiring surgery to repair it. In his recent years he has been plagued with problems resulting from colitis, a condition in which the colon becomes inflamed. “For too long now I have been struggling with colitis," says the 26-year-old. "I am getting better at managing it but at this point it is not improving fast enough for me to continue at this professional level in the sport of cycling - I love the sport of cycling so to only be able to perform at 50% of my best because of my health has been very frustrating."