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Problems for Basso

With 20 kilometres to go in today's 10th stage, Team CSC had to work hard when one of the spokes on Ivan Basso's front wheel broke. The mechanical happened when Basso was forced to go cross country at a roundabout after a moto led the peloton slightly off course. Basso was forced to change his wheel and at the same time, he lost radio contact with his teammates.

"It probably looked worse than it actually was," said team manager Bjarne Riis post-stage. "Ivan pushed his mike too hard, so at first his teammates couldn't hear him. However, we quickly got the team organised and escorted him back to the peloton without problems."

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