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Savoldelli downed and out

Paolo Savoldelli (Discovery Channel)

Paolo Savoldelli (Discovery Channel) (Image credit: Sirotti)

2005 stage winner Paolo Savoldelli (Discovery Channel) had a tough day on Thursday, finishing a full 23 minutes and 4 seconds down in 50th place and then crashing into a spectator after the finish.

The Italian was riding back down the mountain when a spectator walked out in front of him, causing Savoldelli to fall. The Discovery Channel rider got 10 stitches to his right eyebrow, and although he was able to start Friday’s 211 kilometre stage to Carcassonne, he abandoned after 43 km.

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