T-Mobile's Michael Rogers was forced to quit the Giro before the start of stage 13, suffering from an infected tooth. "We found an infection. It would affect Mick's good form if he was to continue the race", said team doctor Stefan Prettin on t-mobile-team.com.
Team director Rudy Pevenage said, "It's a pity that Michael is forced to abandon the race. We will now adjust his racing schedule accordingly. He will fine-tune his form for the Tour in alternative stage-races." According to Pevenage, Rogers' preparation for July's Tour de France is not in jeopardy.
T-Mobile captain Jan Ullrich was disappointed for Rogers. "I'm sorry for Michael that he has to end the Giro in this way. That's a pity for the whole team. We did well so far and the team morale was very good. However, we are looking ahead now and try to keep on putting in convincing performances here in Italy."