De Gendt leaves Giro d'Italia with knee pain

VERONA ITALY MAY 21 Thomas De Gendt of Belgium and Team Lotto Soudal during the 104th Giro dItalia 2021 Stage 13 a 198km stage from Ravenna to Verona girodiitalia Giro UCIworldtour on May 21 2021 in Verona Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) in the break on stage 13 of the Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Thomas De Gendt has left the Giro d'Italia on the morning of the shortened stage 16 to Cortina d'Ampezzo due to knee pain, leaving his Lotto Soudal team with just two men left in the race.

The Belgian was one of just three Lotto riders left in the race after Roger Kluge abandoned on stage 14 up the Monte Zoncolan but announced on Monday morning that he too would not be continuing on to Milan.

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