"Unfortunately Mikel Landa has been forced to abandon the
#Giro through illness. We will provide more details as soon as
we have them," Team Sky posted on their Twitter feed.
Landa, who joined Sky from Astana at the end of last season, was
the British's outfit's leader for the Giro and was one of the
pre-race favorites to win the pink jersey.
He was dropped on the first climb of the 219km stage from Campi
Bisenzio to Sestola and fell several minutes behind the peloton,
clearly struggling, before quitting the race.
The team have not yet indicated the nature of Landa's illness.
Prolific climber Landa, third overall last year, had gone into
the stage in eighth position, one minute and 18 seconds down on
GC leader Gianluca Brambilla with his favorite terrain still to
(Reporting by Martyn Herman,; Editing by Neville Dalton)
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