Elia Viviani quits Tour de Romandie with flu as he plans 'something special' for the Giro d'Italia 2019

The 30-year-old will be trying to repeat his success in last year's Giro, where he took four stage wins

Elia Viviani wins stage three of Tirreno Adriatico 2019 (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

(Image credit: Getty Images)

Elia Viviani (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) climbed off before the reduced start of stage three of the Tour de Romandie 2019, after suffering from the flu in recent days.

The decision was taken as a precaution ahead of his Giro d'Italia campaign, with the race starting on May 11 in Bologna.

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