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Tough day in the saddle for Selle Italia

The Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni team has been one of the most aggressive teams in the Giro so far, rarely missing the day's breakaway. But today, they were on the back foot as the whole team was afflicted with intestinal and stomach problems. Alessandro Bertolini had to abandon as a result; Santo Anzà made the breakaway, but had to let go; José Serpa had to get off the bike three times on the ascent of Monte Catria, and José Rujano was vomiting halfway through the stage, but managed to limit his losses to just a minute.

The team will be visited by doctor Omar Paez this evening in the hope of recovering better for the upcoming stages.