July 03, 2006
Di Luca drops out
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.
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