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July 03, 2006

Di Luca drops out

Tour de France 2006 | Live dispatches

Danilo Di Luca, leader of the Liquigas team, was the first rider to abandon the 2006 Tour de France. He didn't take the start this morning, after suffering in yesterday 2:29 behind the field.

Di Luca, who owned the spring classics season in 2005, set his sights on the Giro d'Italia this year. After a disappointing showing there, he had targeted the Tour to redeem his season.

The infection and withdrawal may make him focus on the fall classics and the world championship, races that seem to suit his style better.

Posted by Frank Steele on July 3, 2006 in Danilo Di Luca, Top Stories, Tour de France 2006, Tour news | Permalink

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