Rasmussen out

Rabobank's Michael Rasmussen dropped out of the Giro d'Italia yesterday, deciding not to start stage 15 because of inflamed Achilles tendon in his left leg that has started to cause him problems in the last few days.

"I'm a bit annoyed not to be able to complete Giro d'Italia as I had planned. I have an infection in my heel that has spread to the Achilles tendon," said Rasmussen on his website, www.feltet.dk/michaelrasmussen.

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