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Horrillo flown to hospital after plunge

SPAIN'S Pedro Horrillo Munoz was taken to hospital by helicopter yesterday after falling into a ravine during the eighth stage of the Giro d'Italia.

The Rabobank rider is in a serious condition after the accident on a descent about halfway through the 209-kilometer stage, from Morbegno to Bergamo, organizers told reporters.

His life was not in danger but he has head and upper body injuries, including several fractures.

He was found by paramedics some distance from his bike, deep in a ravine.

On Friday, Lance Armstrong complained that the downhill finish to stage seven was too dangerous in heavy rain.

Norwegian Edvald Boasson Hagen powered away in the final straight to clinch that stage.

The Team Columbia rider, second on Thursday, came in ahead of South Africa's Robert Hunter and Russian Pavel Brutt.

LPR's Danilo Di Luca, the 2007 champion, kept the overall leader's pink jersey at the end of the 244-km seventh stage from Innsbruck in Austria to the Italian town of Chiavenna.

Organizers decided to take the times for the overall standings with three kilometers to go because of the wet, slippery conditions.


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