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Louis Vervaeke abandons Giro d’Italia on stage 13

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Team Sunweb’s run of poor luck continues at the Giro d’Italia as Louis Vervaeke is forced to abandon the race. Having been on the attack earlier in the Giro during stage eight, Vervaeke felt completely empty during today’s stage and climbed off the bike before the last ascent of the day.

Vervaeke had this to say: “I feel completely empty, like I will wake up sick tomorrow. I wasn’t able to take on any food or drink during the stage and just had nothing left in my legs. I’m disappointed because the team was riding well and we were looking forward to the opportunities in the final half of the race.”

Team Sunweb coach Marc Reef added: “It’s a real shame for Louis and the team that he had to abandon because he was riding really strongly at this Giro. During the stage he felt totally empty and wasn’t able to continue. We will continue to fight with the five guys that are left and look for more opportunities throughout the rest of the race.”