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Quick Step's intestinal problems

Paolo Bettini

Paolo Bettini (Image credit: Sirotti)

Paolo Bettini suffered through Fleche Wallonne until 20 km before the end, when he finally called it quits. "Paolo started having stomach problems after 50 km. He even had to throw up during the race," said Quick Step spokesman Alessandro Tegner, who added that he expected the world champion to ride in Sunday's Liege-Bastogne-Liege.

"Carlos Barrredo also had stomach problems, today, but our Spaniard rode the race to the end," Tegner added, according to Het Laatste Nieeuws.

Hopefully the riders will make a speedy recovery. The team is scheduled to reconnoiter a 100km portion of the Liege-Bastogne-Liege course from Trois Ponts to Ans on Friday.

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