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Horrillo heads home

Spain's Pedro Horrillo travelled back home from Bergamo, Italy, yesterday after 17 days of recovery due to a crash in stage eight of the Giro d'Italia. Doctors transferred him by air-ambulance to the university clinic of Pamplona.

The Rabobank rider crashed and fell over a guardrail 80 metres in a ravine 65 kilometres into the Morbegno to Bergamo stage. After an induced coma for 24 hours, doctors performed surgery on his fractured left femur.

Horrillo turned professional in 1998 with team Mapei. He won stage two of the 2004 Paris-Nice and this year helped Denis Menchov position himself for the eventual overall Giro d'Italia win.