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Tour of Belgium and Denis Menchov

May 26, 2010
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today is the first stage of Tour of Belgium 2010, I was very happy that Denis Menchov will participate.

But in Live Ticker is written:

111km - Abandon de Denis Menchov. De mauvaise augure pour le Russe en vue du Tour de France. Rabobank perd là un pion important

Can somebody translate this? I think it is french, google translator didn't help me...

And maybe somebody have more information what happened?
Jul 29, 2009
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"Menchov leaves the race. Bad precedent for the Russian facing TdF. Rabobank loses there an important domestique."

Seems Menchov lost contact with the pack in the middle of the stage.