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Julich, Valverde abandon Dauphiné

Bobby Julich (Team CSC) abandoned the Dauphiné Libéré Friday due to illness according to the team website, team-csc.com. Friday's fifth stage was won by Astana's Antonio Colom, who was off the front in a break with teammate Alexandre Vinokourov.

"Bobby was already feeling ill yesterday, so unfortunately he had to abandon the race," explained sports director Alain Gallopin.

Caisse d'Epargne's Alejandro Valverde has also been suffering from illness, and withdrew along with his team-mate Francisco Pérez.

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