Season over for Bennati due to microfracture

Daniele Bennati (Lampre-Fondital)

Daniele Bennati (Lampre-Fondital) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

By Gregor Brown

Daniele Bennati of Lampre-Fondital is cutting his season short after doctors discovered Saturday a microfracture of his right wrist. 27 year-old Italian's last race was the final stage of the Vuelta a España in Madrid – he won the stage and marked the end of a three-year tenure with his current team – in 2008 he will ride for Liquigas.

"Benna" had his most successful season to date that included two wins in the Tour de France (stages to Castelsarrasin and Paris) and three in the Vuelta (Vigo, Talavera de la Reina and Madrid). Doctors suspect the fracture was a result of a crash in the early stages of the Spanish Grand Tour.

The rider from Arezzo was due to take part in his home race Monte Paschi Eroica on Tuesday and Paris-Tours on Sunday. Had he competed, he would have been a heavy favourite for the Sprinters' Classic Paris-Tours, where he finished second in 2005.

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