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Jeff Louder (photo) and Mauro Santambrogio had to quit the race (photo: Georges Lüchinger)
Jeff Louder (photo) and Mauro Santambrogio had to quit the race (photo: Georges Lüchinger)

Giro d'Italia, Stage 11: Big Shake-Up

19. May 2010

L'Aquila, Italy

World champion Cadel Evans of the BMC Racing Team was one of the favorites at the Giro d'Italia who lost a chunk of time Wednesday when more than 50 riders gained a 17-minute lead that was still 12:41 at the finish.

262 Km Through The Rain

Evans entered the day second overall, 1:12 behind Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana). But both were not part of the lead group that included Evans's teammate, Brent Bookwalter, who eventually dropped back to help chase. "It's difficult to come back on 60 riders when you only have a group of 26 chasing," BMC Racing Team Director Sportif John Lelangue said. The squad is down to five riders after Jeff Louder (fatigue) and Mauro Santambrogio (stomach problems) abandon Wednesday. "The Giro is still a long ways to Verona," Lelangue said. "We are only halfway. The big week of mountains is coming Saturday. So it's still open - even if it will be difficult. Anything is possible. Look at the race today."