Bettini drops out of Vuelta

20th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

20 September 2007 , TALAVERA DE LA REINA - World road race champion Paolo Bettini of Italy pulled out of the Tour of Spain on Thursday to begin focusing on his bid to successfully defend his coveted rainbow jersey.

20 September 2007

TALAVERA DE LA REINA - World road race champion Paolo Bettini of Italy pulled out of the Tour of Spain on Thursday to begin focusing on his bid to successfully defend his coveted rainbow jersey.

The world championships will be held in Stuttgart, Germany on September 26-30, with the men's road race crown being disputed on the final day of competition.

Quick Step's Bettini won a stage victory on the Vuelta and came runner-up on several occasions, and did not start the race's 18th stage, to be held over 153.5km between Talavera de la Reina and Avila.

Three other riders also failed to start, for the same reason as the Italian ace: Hungarian Laszlo Bodrogi (Credit Agricole), German Stefan Schumacher (Gerolsteiner) and Australian Allan Davis (Discovery).

One of the big favourites for the rainbow jersey, former three-time world champion Oscar Freire of Spain, pulled out of the Vuelta over 10 days ago having won three stages.

(Copyright AFP with Expatica)

Subject: Spanish news

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