Steels out with urinary tract problems

Belgian champion Tom Steels had a bad start to the Giro because of a urinary tract infection, and was forced to abandon after 65 km of stage 3. "It was bad for a few days already, I am in a lot of pain," Steels was quoted by VRT as saying. "The infection is healing very slowly."

In Monday's second stage, Steels lost three minutes, after spending a lot of time near the front of the bunch protected by the chasing train. "Then I could stay out of the wind and it was flat," he said. "On Tuesday, the batteries hadn't recharged."

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