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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, team-csc.com. "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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