Soudal-QuickStep down to two riders at Giro d'Italia after Davide Ballerini exit

Davide Ballerini is out of the Giro
Davide Ballerini is out of the Giro (Image credit: Tim de WaeleGetty Images)

The Soudal-QuickStep team has been further diminished at the Giro d'Italia, with just two riders entering the final week after the withdrawal of Davide Ballerini. 

The Italian did not start stage 16 on Tuesday morning, with his team citing 'illness' as the reason. 

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Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.