Rain and cold stop Soler

Mauricio Soler's (Barloworld) abandoned any hopes of success in the Giro d'Italia after he withdrew from the race 96.9km into stage 11 on Wednesday. The Columbian climber had been suffering from a micro fracture in his left wrist.

The resulting pain forced him to climb off his bike after the first official feed zone. The steep climbs of the day's stage proved too much for Soler and the cold and rainy weather conditions made it even harder for him to hold the bars and use his brakes.

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