ANDORRA LA VELLA, Andorra, Sept 07, 2013 (AFP) – Two-time Giro d’Italia
winner Ivan Basso was forced to withdraw from the Tour of Spain on Saturday
suffering from hypothermia.
“Ivan Basso had to withdraw from the Vuelta after descent from Envalira. He
was frozen at the limit of hypothermia,” his Cannondale team confirmed on
their Twitter profile, as heavy rain and freezing temperatures hit the 155.7km
stage from Baga to Andorra.
The Italian had been lying in seventh place in the general classification
heading into the 14th stage of the race.
Spaniard Luis Leon Sanchez (Belkin) was also forced to withdraw due to
hypothermia earlier in the day having been leading the stage early on as part
of a five-man breakaway group.