PARIS, May 17, 2010 (AFP) – Australian sprinter Baden Cooke has pulled out of the Tour of Italy because of tendinitis in his knee, his Saxo Bank team announced Monday.
A statement from team sports director Dan Frost said the support of Cooke, a former winner of the Tour de France green jersey for the points competition, will be missed by his teammates.
“We sure could have benefited from his strength this coming week but with the pain he is suffering now, it is just pointless to continue the race,” said Frost.
Saxo Bank came into the race with modest ambitions however their Danish climber Chris Anker Sorensen won the eighth stage on Sunday when the peloton
raced through the fog to the first summit finish at Terminillo.
Another Australian, Tasmanian Richie Porte, is sitting sixth overall on his major Tour debut at 2min 26sec behind Kazakhstan’s Alexandre Vinokourov of Astana.