ASTANA’S TROUBLED BUILD UP TO THE GIRO

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The Astana team, invited to the Giro d?Italia at the last minute, suffered a further setback when two of their riders were struck down with illness in the run-up to the start on Saturday.

Astana rider Dmitry Muravyev was forced to pull out of the team when he developed a stomach infection earlier in the week. He was replaced by Lance Armstrong?s former domestique Benjamin Noval.

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