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Di Luca and Bertagnolli withdraw from Tirreno-Adriatico

Danilo 'the Killer' Di Luca, who showed fine early season form by winning last weekend's Milano-Torino, will have to wait a bit longer to get his chance at another victory. The Liquigas rider and his teammate Leonardo Bertagnolli caught the flu this week, and will be sitting out the upcoming Tirreno-Adriatico stage race.

Instead, Francesco Failli and Finn Kjell Carlström will serve as last-minute replacements to ride in support of Filippo Pozzato, winner of last week's Omloop Het Volk.

The bug will cut into Di Luca's preparation for his early season goals, the April classics Amstel Gold and Liege-Bastogne-Liege, as well as the Giro d'Italia.