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Possible hand fracture for Paolini

Luca Paolini (Quick.Step), who did not finish Sunday's Paris-Tours because of a crash, might well have broken the scaphoid bone of his right hand, but first x-ray examinations in Varese, Italy, were inconclusive. "I don't know if the scaphoid is broken," Paolini told Italian Tuttibiciweb. "But it sure does hurt a lot and the pain is the same as when I broke it a year ago."

Nevertheless, the Italian will continue to train for the upcoming Giro di Lombardia. "I will train again tomorrow with a special bandage on, as I would really regret it if I couldn't ride my last race with Quick.Step, which is also and above all my last race at the sides of Paolo Bettini," he explained. "On Thursday, I will undergo x-rays again and hope to be at the start at the Giro di Lombardia."

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