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Cooke out with the flu

Baden Cooke (Francaise des Jeux) could not take the start of the last stage of the Volta ao Algarve, waking up with "the same symptoms as Sandy Casar and Matt Wilson" on Sunday morning. The 'flu, as well as a gum infection made the 2003 Green jersey winner stop the race, but he would not have had the chance to start the last stage in any case, as the peloton had finished 32 minutes behind the winner on the previous day, therefore being eliminated.