CSC's Ivan Basso was expected to challenge for the win in this year's Giro, but a stomach problem has curtailed his chances. Nevertheless, he finished stage 15, and was grateful for the shorter distance.
"I made it all the way to the finish and I felt much better than yesterday," Basso said on the team's website, team-csc.com. "However, I'm still not at 100 percent, so it was good for me, the course was changed. Tomorrow's rest day is highly appreciated, and I hope to recover before we hit the mountains. I still believe I'm capable of making a big result, so that's why I continue."