Klöden out sick

By Susan Westemeyer

With the last big mountain stage running, and two gigantic mountains ahead where Alberto Contador's pink jersey could have been threatened, it was a surprise when Andreas Klöden abandoned the Giro d'Italia during the penultimate stage. But the German, who had played a strong domestique for Contador the previous day, was suffering from a fever and chills and could no longer ride. "This morning I felt like I had been run over," he wrote on his website, andreas-kloeden.com. "During today's stage nothing worked and there was just no point in continuing."

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