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Basso battles on

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, "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."

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