Ramon Morillas (ESP) and Lloyd Pennicuik (AUS) have unfortunately withdrawn from the Red Bull X-Alps 2011.
Morillas, recently injured himself and underwent an operation on the meniscus of his right knee. Unfortunately it was found that he had also broken the anterior cruciate ligament.
Due to the seriousness of the injury and the short amount of recovery time between now and the race start on July 17 in Salzburg, Ramon has sadly pulled out of the event.
Lloyd Pennicuik meanwhile has been struggling with "health issues." The Australian said he has "been trying to sort it out for a while, but it's not getting any better."
"It's hard for the athletes to have to cancel their participation," said Race Director Christoph Weber, "however due to the extreme demands of the Red Bull X-Alps, it is not advisable to start the race when not completely fit."
Both athletes competed in the 2007 and 2009 editions of the Red Bull X-Alps. Morillas was ninth in 2009, while Pennicuik’s best result was in 2007 when he was 17th, avoiding elimination.
The Red Bull X-Alps team wishes both athletes a speedy recovery.