Lampre-Cafitta lost one of their key riders in Giuliano Figueras during Stage 2 of the Vuelta a España, with the 29 year-old Italian a victim of gastroenteritis. Said team doctor Andrea Andreazzoli in a team statement: "Giuliano was already sick last night. He took to the start this morning but he was feeling very tired and he had to retire after about 70 kilometres. We are looking after him and he is better now. Tomorrow he will back in Italy."
"Giuliano was an important rider for the team at the Vuelta," added direttore sportivo Maurizio Piovani. "He was feeling good and he could have done great things, particularly in the mountains. The team will really miss him in the coming weeks."