A forgettable day for Liberty Seguros

The Giro's hardest day to date was also the worst for Liberty Seguros-Würth, with Joseba Beloki abandoning and GC rider Michele Scarponi conceding almost six minutes to stage winner Ivan Parra (Selle Italia-Colombia). Scarponi's stage result of 26th also saw him drop out of the top 10 on the overall classification, from 7th to 12th place.

Said a disappointed team manager Manolo Saiz: "The general is now bad for us, though still it is necessary to wait until tomorrow, because my hope is that this Giro has many alternatives and I am under the illusion that Scarponi could change this current trend.

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