The Gerolsteiner camp has reported that Giro d'Italia captain Davide Rebellin is out of the race due to a broken rib, the result of a crash in Stage 10. On the rest day, Rebellin underwent a detailed examination at the hospital in Prato. Based on the X-rays, doctors diagnosed a broken rib as well as a deep flesh wound below his right knee.
"Our team doctor Giuliano Peruzzi already determined yesterday that it could be a serious injury, and registered him for X-rays in the Prato hospital," said team director Christian Henn. "Davide was in a lot of pain breathing." Henn also noted that Rebellin had broken a rib "a couple of ribs higher" during the Vuelta a Pais Vasco, which hindered him in the Ardennes Classics.
Rebellin returned home today and will start his recovery there. "It's a shame that I have to leave my home tour in this way, because by the end of the week there would have been another suitable stage for me," said Rebellin.